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New experiences explore Brisbane’s rich Aboriginal culture

Brisbane has a rich Indigenous history and it's not hard to delve into its culture through a variety of amazing new experiences in Brisbane. 

To find out more about any of these new Aboriginal trade ready, commissionable experiences, to source rates, or to be personally introduced to the suppliers please email [email protected].au

Henderson Gallery

The Henderson Gallery is a good place to start. The space celebrates and features Indigenous artists and recently won a gold award at the Queensland Tourism Awards. 

Run by owner and talented artist Robert Henderson from the Wiradjuri people, the gallery champions works by emerging artists. One of its aims is to help rehabilitate prisoners through art and it also works with First Nations artists, first-time exhibitors, and a diverse range of artists who through their works make a visit to the gallery a stimulating and inspiring experience.

Bookable experiences include art classes overseen by Robert and the Aboriginal artists; tours of the gallery; and Australian bush food tastings. Minimum numbers may apply.

Spirits of the Red Sand

Connect with Aboriginal culture like never before in this thrilling evening experience. Journey back in time to the Australia of the 1800s, discover the spirit of the land and witness the drama and upheaval that took place as two very different cultures learn to live alongside each other. The story of Spirits of the Red Sand is told through song, dance, storytelling and effects in a thrilling and interactive show followed by a chargrilled barbecue feast.

With shows running every night, 364 days a year, this is an Australian must-do activity for all visitors to Brisbane.

Meeanjin (Brisbane City) to Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) Cultural Day Cruise

Another wonderful addition to Brisbane is The Meeanjin (Brisbane City) to Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) Cultural Day Cruise, which ran its first commercial trip on 6 December 2017. This exceptional cultural tourism experience represents an innovative partnership between two of the Brisbane region’s traditional owner groups - Yuggera and Quandamooka.

Both groups wish to connect visitors to our region’s rich Aboriginal history and culture. Guests can enjoy an intimate weaving circle, learn local Aboriginal language, play the didgeridoo and look over a display of ancient indigenous artefacts on board. Guests will also experience Indigenous story-telling, songs and dance along with a lunch of fresh local seafood and optional activities including boomerang throwing or wildlife spotting on beautiful North Stradbroke Island. The cruise is expected to operate to a regular calendar in 2018.

Blackcard Visitor Tours

Discover some of Brisbane’s most breathtaking and fascinating precincts with a local Aboriginal guide. Gain a deeper appreciation of Brisbane’s Aboriginal history and marvel at the extraordinary Aboriginal Artworks dotting the cityscape. 

There is a great introductory tour strolling around South Bank, Brisbane’s Cultural Centre for those seeking Aboriginal cultural insights and Aboriginal history by exploring some incredible Aboriginal public artworks. 

Or for a more immersive experience join the Riverside and Parkland Tour where your Aboriginal guide will take you on an enriching cultural discovery experience across both the south and north banks of the Brisbane River. You will enjoy walking beside the river, over the river and around one of the city’s most spectacular and expansive parkland sites. Bush foods and well-known Aboriginal Queenslanders feature prominently in this unique experience.

These walking tours by Aboriginal guides will be offered daily.

If you’re organising an event in Brisbane, there is also the option to celebrate with an Aboriginal welcome from a local indigenous group and customised programs of Aboriginal activities. Contact us with your requirements and we’ll put you in touch with one of our Aboriginal tourism businesses

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