Year of Indigenous Tourism


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.

Celebrate the Year of Indigenous Tourism in 2020 and immerse yourself in rich culture and history by experiencing Indigenous culture on your next Queensland holiday.


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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.

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.

Traditional bush tucker experiences

Taste 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 some 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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1770 LARC! Tours

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1770 LARC! Tours operate two pink amphibious crafts to explore the National Parks and pristine waterways bordering the Birthplace of Queensland - the Town of 1770 – in Queensland’s Southern Great Barrier Reef region.

Nyanda Cultural Tours

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An interactive cultural learning experience lead by Brisbane traditional owner guides! Nyanda Cultural Tours leads guests through a ‘rite of passage journey’ in discovering how Aboriginal people used the natural environment, tools and items created for everyday use by being immersed in the Nudgee waterholes boardwalk facility.

Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tours

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Owned and operated by Wil and Jacqui Hikuwai, Hervey Bay Eco Marine Tours is located on the beautiful Fraser Coast, Queensland. The Great Sandy Straits boasts safe, protected waterways, coral reefs and an abundance of marine and sea bird life.

Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours

Cooya Beach, Douglas Area
Just a 15 minute drive north of Port Douglas is beautiful Cooya Beach (Kuyu Kuyu), a special place and traditional fishing grounds of the Kuku Yalanji people and home to Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours.

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.

Blackcard Cultural Tours

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Join local Aboriginal tour guides on an amazing journey to connect with Brisbane like never before. Discover the oldest culture in the world while exploring the Aboriginal history of Brisbane through public art installations, galleries and exhibitions featuring world renowned Aboriginal artists including Albert Namatjira, Lilla Watson, Tony Albert, Fiona Foley, Judy Watson, Clifford Possum and much more.

Mandingalbay Ancient Indigenous Tours

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Mandingalbay Ancient Indigenous Tours is 100 per cent owned and operated by the Mandingalbay Yidinji People. Mandingalbay Ancient Indigenous Tours launched in 2015 and our products are focused on Mandingalbay Yidinji people, culture and country and sharing our rich traditional history with local, domestic and international visitors.

Jarramali Rock Art Tours

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Immerse yourself in an authentic, Aboriginal cultural experience like no other. Through hidden rock art, unravel the ancient stories of the Kuku-yalanji people to learn more about Australia’s Indigenous history.

Southern Moreton Bay Tourist Drive

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Follow the brown and white dugong signs along the Southern Moreton Bay Tourist Drive for a delightful day trip of discovery. This route covers 78 kilometres of the area's most appealing sights and allows you to explore them at your own pace.

D'Arcy of Daintree Tours

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Detox, relax, learn about and see a very special part of Australia --the Daintree rainforest. An experience you'll never forget. The local owner operator is in the Cow Bay/Cape Tribulation area north of the Daintree River, two hours from Cairns.
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