Indigenous Culture

Queensland is the only place in the world where both of Australia’s Indigenous cultures converge and flourish. Torres Strait and Aboriginal cultures date back over 40,000 years and many descendants still practice their traditions and customs today.

Whether it’s through dance, art or traditional feasts, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people proudly practice and preserve their cultures by sharing it with the next generation.

Immerse yourself in rich culture and history by experiencing Indigenous culture on your next Queensland holiday.

Aboriginal art

From rock paintings to contemporary lino prints and fashion, there are many ways to experiences Torres Strait and Aboriginal art in Queensland.

See contemporary Indigenous pieces at museums like QAGOMA in Brisbane or the Cairns Regional Art Gallery in Tropical North Queensland. Head to Birdsville, Betoota and Bedourie to see the Sand, Dirt and Gibbers artwork sprawled across hills and landscapes. Or, visit independent galleries like the Canopy Arts Centre or the Henderson Gallery to meet the artists and learn about their work.

Head outdoors and explore Carnarvon Gorge or the Quinkan Country in Laura to see authentic rock paintings drawn by Indigenous Aboriginal ancestors.

You can also get hands on and learn to paint, weave and dance with interactive tours and workshops.

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Ingan Tours

Tully, Cassowary Coast Area
Acclaimed Indigenous tour operator Ingan Tours is 100 per cent owned and operated based in Tully, Queensland. The three directors of Ingan Tours: Dr Ernie Grant, Sonya Jeffrey and Caroline Grant actively believe in and promote preserving the environment, recapturing and preserving their peoples traditions and knowledge in living with the land, and living off the land and teaching and sharing their knowledge with others.

Mandingalbay Yidinji Ecocultural Tours

Cairns, Cairns Area
Mandingalbay Yidinji Eco Cultural Tours is 100 per cent owned and operated by the Mandingalbay Yidinji People. Mandingalbay Yidinji Eco Cultural Tours launched in 2015 following negotiations with the Queensland State Government Department of Parks, Sports and Racing to undertake commercial tours within Grey Peaks National Park.

Lax Charters and Tours

Thursday Island, Torres Area
Experience the real Torres Strait in an intimate guided tour of Thursday Island, the 'hub' of the Torres Strait. Known to the locals simply as 'TI', Thursday Island is home to some of Australia's richest history.

Northern Getaway Tours

Clifton Beach, Cairns Area
Northern Getaway Tours want to show you the hidden treasures of Far North Queensland. Their tours give a relaxed experience with a maximum group of 10 per tour in late model spacious buses. Explore the rainforest along the coastal fringe with an abundance of waterfalls, gorges and rivers.

Mulga Bicycle Tours

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Safe, serene and stress-free, Mulga Bicycle Tours offers fully supported small-group bicycle tours on some of the best routes in the country. Bask in the beautiful scenery, savour delicious food and wine, discover unforgettable stories and relax in top-notch accommodation.

Blackcard Cultural Tours

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Learn the history from Aboriginal people. Your opportunity to experience an authentic, warm and culturally inclusive welcome. You are invited to experience their tours which include Cultural insights, Aboriginal history, Aboriginal art and Aboriginal cultural performance elements.

Nyanda Cultural Tours

Nudgee, Brisbane Area
The Nyanda Cultural Tours offer a way for visitors to uniquely experience a connection to this culturally significant place located so close to the City of Brisbane, Australia. *Nyanda is the Yagara word for waterhole or lagoon.

Jarramali Rock Art Tours

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Jarramali Rock Art Tours offers a unique, Aboriginal cultural experience, exploring the Quinkan Rock Art sites found among the sandstone escarpments around the town of Laura, North Queensland, Guided by friendly, Kuku Yalanji traditional owners.

Mungalla Aboriginal Tours

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The history and culture of Mungalla tours begins at the grand Mungalla Station homestead where they introduce you to 45,000 years of Nywaigi Aboriginal Culture. Hear their stories and learn to throw a boomerang or spear.

Great Northern Tours

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Great Northern Tours is a privately owned, four wheel drive tour business who specialise in extended birdwatching tours, as well as scenic, cultural and private charter adventures. Their base is located in Cooktown, Far North Queensland, with great access to the Cairns region, Atherton Tableland, Cooktown, Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf of Carpentaria.
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Indigenous tours

Go walkabout or learn to hunt with an Indigenous guide. An Indigenous tour will allow you to see things from the perspective of Queensland’s First People. Take a cultural tour of Brisbane to see significant artefacts and sites or walk through the Nudgee Waterholes and learn how live off the land.

Hunt for mud crabs and collect shellfish in Tropical North Queensland or learn the Dreamtime stories of Burleigh Heads National Park in Southern Gold Coast.

Cultural events & performances

Head to the Winds of Zenadth festival on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait to watch traditional dancing, singing and celebrations or trek to Laura to experience the earth-shaking performances at the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival.

Looking for something a little more contemporary? Head to Yarabah, just a 50-minute drive south of Cairns and immerse yourself in music at the Yarabah Band Festival.

Or, get the best of both Indigenous cultures at the Cairns International Art Fair and see fashion shows, interactive skits and traditional song and dance performances.

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Traditional bush tucker experiences

Tate a traditional kup murri (earth oven) cooked feast an hour from Townsville or learn to hunt and gather your own dinner in the Torres Strait, near Cairns and in Brisbane. From berries and jams to flour and meat, you can taste a variety of bush tucker cuisines and superfoods.

Prefer to fine dining? Head to the Daintree Rainforest and enjoy flame-lit dining and cultural entertainment while you nosh on traditionally inspired dishes. Or, go all out and treat yourself to a gourmet night out at an award-winning restaurant in Cairns.

Family-friendly Indigenous experiences

Experience the Corroboree at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast or treat your kids to boomerang throwing and art workshops at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park in Cairns.

Let the kids explore the beach and learn about traditional hunting and gathering practices with a personal Kuku Yalanji guide or hear the stories about Dreaming Mountain with a Jellurgal tour on the Gold Coast.

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