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@ Stadbroke Island and Surrounding Areas
Locals at Point Lookout, Stradbroke Island, image courtesy Quandamooka Facebook page
Play while you learn on the majestic Islands of Moreton Bay at Quandamooka Festival events until August 2018. Your mainland launching pad is in Cleveland, Redlands, on Brisbane's Bayside. From there, you can explore the breathtakingly beautiful environment of sandy islands with mangroves, bushland, creeks and inland lakes; sea life including dolphins, dugong and whales; and a rich history of culture and settlement. You can wine, dine, shop, collect shells, swim, surf and walk along the beach. You can also pause for a moment to gaze at sublime sunsets and glistening waters, relaxing and reflecting on life in these perfect surrounds.
Exploring the environment, image courtesy Quandamooka Facebook page
Quandamooka Country begins on the South side of the Brisbane River and covers the area between the Brisbane River and Logan River on the Eastern side to the coastal region of Brisbane (the Redlands area), taking in the South Moreton Islands. Many festival events are held on the mainland, many on the islands off the coast and some on the waters of Quandamooka Country.
Map of QUANDAMOOKA Country, image courtesy Quandamooka website
The Quandamooka Aboriginal people in the region "Salt Water Murris" say Yura! (welcome) to visitors to the region. Three clans comprise the Peoples of the Quandamooka: the Nughi of Mulgumpin (known also as Moreton Island) and the Nunukul and Gorenpul of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). The community feels a strong responsibility to care for the country in this area in consultation with Elders and the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation. This includes educating the community about the local environment and celebrating their cultural traditions which are many thousands of years old, through dance, song, story-telling and art. Visitors are welcome to visit Salt Water Murri's – Quandamooka at Ballow Road, Dunwich, on Stradbroke Island to learn more.
The Quandamooka Festival is held over the winter months. It began on June 1 and goes through to August 31, with over 30 events happening in the region. The list of activities and events is long and varied and includes: "Welcome to Country" smoking ceremonies, whale watching, cultural tours, Quandamooka "Land & Sea" discovery days, Kunjiels (corroborees), traditional song, dance and music performances, eco boat tours, art, weaving and other workshops, food and bush tucker dining experiences, outdoor film nights, markets, sporting events, sailing regattas, story-telling and poetry, sand sculpture competitions, and forums and collaborations with Indigenous peoples from around the world. All activities are family friendly.
Dancing on the beach, image courtesy Quandamooka Facebook page
Below are the major event dates and some upcoming activities. You confirm or find out more information about all events by phoning Quandamooka Festival staff on 07 3415 2816 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUANDAMOOKA program of events, image courtesy Quandamooka website
2018 MAJOR EVENT DATES Saturday June 2nd - Yura (Welcome) Quandamooka Festival Opening Sunday July 1st - Buangan Biyigi (Dolphin Day) Saturday July 21st - Winnam Kunjiel (Wynnum Corroboree) Saturday July 28th - Yura Yalingbilla (Welcome the Whales) Saturday August 25th - Kunjiel (Corroboree) Quandamooka Festival Closing
UPCOMING EVENTS 15 June: Island of innocence art installation From 6-9pm, still and moving imagery from the Quandamooka, Lord Howe and Solomon Islands will be projected onto suspended screens in North Stradbroke Island Museum's Benevolent Asylum ward replica at the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum, 15/17 Welsby St, Dunwich. The installation includes audio recordings of elder Gheebulum, Uncle Bob Anderson.
This Macleay Island Organic Farm festival, from 9am to 3.30pm, is a day of celebration, art, culture, music, dance and people coming together to enrich the island's generations. The program includes weavers, crafts, artisans, food and cultural talks on Aboriginal history, bush tucker, medicinal plants, tools and weapons. The festival is happening at Lonicera St, MacLeay Island. You can get there by catching the 9.30am ferry from Harold Walker Jetty, Goopi (Dunwich).
23 June:SIMO boat cruise Stradbroke Island Management Organisation (SIMO) (link t simo.org.au/) is the longest-running environmental group on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).
Join SIMO on this boat cruise, as part of the Quandamooka Festival, to explore the culture, history and environment of Moreton Bay and St Helena Island. $80 per person, including lunch and guided tour of St Helena. From Cleveland, catch the 8.55am flyer to connect with the cruise, departing One Mile Jetty, Yabby St, Dunwich, at 9.30am.
Buangan (Dolphin) is a sacred totem of the Quandamooka people. Celebrate whilst learning about the ocean and land wildlife of Minjerribah at Pulan Pulan (Amity point, Stradbroke Island), on the foreshore from 11am to 3pm. Family fun and experiences will include traditional songs and stories, dance, children's activities and environmental talks. This is a FREE event.
Getting to Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)
All water taxis & ferries to the Island leave from Cleveland.
If you decide to have a weekend away to play, there are ample accommodation options. You can stay on the mainland in Cleveland or better still wake up with an ocean view from one of the island: Minjerrribah (North Stradbroke Island), Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) or the Southern Moreton Bay Islands. Start your browsing here.
There is so much to do and enjoy in Quandamooka. Next time, instead of just going over to Straddie for a swim, stroll along the beach and the ocean views, plan your day and enrich your life even more by immersing yourself in one of the many Quandamooka Festival events. You can find full program and more details on the Quandamooka website or Facebook page.