Indigenous Experiences in Brisbane
Updated: 19 July 2021
Go on an immersive journey of Indigenous experiences through art, storytelling, performance and traditional feasts. Embrace First Nations culture and history through this year's NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) theme ‘Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!’
Read on to learn more about Brisbane’s First Nations experiences.
In collaboration with Brisbane founded Blaklash Creative, QAGOMA (Queensland Gallery of Modern Art) has recently launched one of Brisbane’s most immersive First Nations experiences. Feel enriched with an exclusive evening featuring Welcome to Country, a private curated tour of the latest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Collection exhibition and be immersed by the culture, music, dance, and storytelling. Following the tour, relish inspired culinary delights, where art meets dining, from Koori Chef, Chris Jordan of Three Little Birds in collaboration with QAGOMA’s Head Chef.
Reconnect in nature on a three-day Aboriginal immersion tour of Mount Barney Lodge in the Scenic Rim, a destination recently crowned by Lonely Planet as one of the Top 10 Regions in the World to Visit in 2022. Led by ‘Old Man Kangaroo’, a Ugarapul and Bidjara Man, the tour provides the opportunity to partake in several cultural practices and experiences including a traditional smoking ceremony, storytelling around an ancient birthing water hole, traditional bush tucker and hunting skills and virtual initiation. Visitors will leave with a greater understanding of Indigenous Australian culture and practices, and a spiritual connection to the idyllic landscape.
An eye‑opening theatre performance that highlights the history, beauty and vibrancy of Aboriginal culture in Brisbane can be found at Spirits of the Red Sand. The 2.5‑hour evening show features a roving performance of song, dance and storytelling followed by a 3‑course dinner. From start to finish, the powerful storyline will take you back in time and connect you to 60,000 years of Aboriginal culture 🖤💛❤️
Proud Quandamooka woman and artist @delvene_cockatoo_collins_art creates and expresses through artwork the stories of her family’s lived experiences while living on Minjerribah – North Stradbroke Island. Delvene’s artwork, handprinted homewares, sculptures and ceramics are featured in her retail store and studio in Goompi – Dunwich. Head over to North Stradbroke Island and browse through Delvene’s studio from 9:30 am – 1 pm for your chance to immerse yourself in local First Nations art and history.
Nyanda Tours invites visitors out for a guided tour by members of the Jagera people to Nudgee Waterhole Reserve in Brisbane for Aboriginal storytelling, smoke ceremony, bush food tasting, weaving and demonstrations. Through hands‑on experiences, traditions and customs, feel a strong connection to First Nations culture and understand the significance of the waterholes to the Jagera people. Tours operate Monday to Friday from 10 am to 1 pm and by appointment on Saturday and Sunday.
Dreamtime Kullilla Art is a family‑owned and operated art gallery in the Redcliffe Peninsula showcasing a diverse range of Aboriginal art. The store has a range of Indigenous designed products such as boomerangs, books, medicines, bush tucker, digeridoos and accessories available for purchase. Open Monday to Saturday, meander your way in and ask for an exclusive tour of the studio space by resident artist Michael Connolly.
Listed as one of the best Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander food experiences in all of Australia, Birrunga Gallery & Dining offers a unique experience when connecting people to Brisbane’s First Nations culture. With a gallery brimming with Aboriginal artwork and a unique native Australian bush tucker-inspired menu, you’ll find yourself immersed in a true Indigenous cultural experience. Open Monday to Friday from 7am to 3pm.
Walk together in the footsteps of Aboriginal ancestors through the heart of Meeanjin – Brisbane City with Blackcard Cultural Tours. Choose from one of their three unique tour offerings; the 90‑minute cultural precinct and Kurilpa Bridge experience is one of the most exciting and memorable Aboriginal tours in Brisbane 📸 You will be guided through the public collection of Aboriginal art and will discover hidden gems along the way. Operating Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm.
Embrace the rich Indigenous culture at Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) with a tour from proud Quandamooka woman Elisha at @yura_tours. Engage in the Sand Beneath my Feet Cultural Walk and follow in the footsteps of Quandamooka ancestors as you learn of their traditions. The tour takes you on an easy walk along the beach to Adder Rock for the South‑Passage Dreamtime Story that is shared by Elisha. Operating on an appointment-only basis, be sure to send in your request.