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Quandamooka - Welcome The Whales!

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by May (subscribe)
Typical Gemini, with the concentration span of a gnat & not one for sitting still. My old Da used to say that "you're a long time dead". So my mantra is get busy living.Please join me for more at
Have a whale of a time welcoming the whales
Many of us think of North Stradbroke Island, in Brisbane's Moreton Bay, as a beach haven for campers, surfers, and fishermen. In summer and school holidays, Straddie, as she is affectionately known, is absolutely full of people with those interests, as well as folk who just like to chill. It's that kind of place.

Winter on Minjerribah, as North Stradbroke is known to the traditional landowners, is also a time of much activity on the Island. The Quandamooka Festival runs across July, August and September, and celebrates the original custodians and culture of the people living from Cape Moreton, on Moreton Island, south along the coast to Logan River, stopping just short of the Gold Coast, and including the Bay islands.

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Quandamooka people

Throughout this period festivities will be held across various locations and I recommend this website for details. Look here.

Having enjoyed the Opening Day at this festival at Dunwich, on Straddie, where we were welcomed with the smoke ceremony to ward off evil spirits, I would suggest that a day trip to the Island is a great fun.

After parking the car, walking distance from the Ferry Terminal at Cleveland, we purchased Water Ferry Tickets to the Island. The twenty-five minute Bay crossing is simply beautiful and booking ahead is not required.

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tickets and timetable

The Squeeze and I enjoyed the aboriginal dances and music which were given relevance according to the culture. The Dance Of The Eagles, for example, refers to the schools of Mullet that arrive in the local waterways in winter. When the Eagles spot these fish they ignore the leaders, or first schools, as these are the Elders who show the way to the other schools of fish. The Eagle then goes in to feed on these younger fish.

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a traditional dance

In all, this day was a wonderful opportunity to learn from another culture and to see the young children also learning by participation.

On Saturday, 29th of July, another day of events is scheduled for Yura Yalingbila, or Welcome the Whales.

Commencing at 11am at Point Lookout on the eastern side of Straddie, festivities will include the annual blessing of the arrival of the whales on their migration from southern waters. Once again, there will be traditional dance, arts, weaving, workshops, sand art, live music and kids activities - all in all, a great family day out. For the adventurous, there will be whale watching cultural tours.

Once again, you do not need a car to enjoy this day on the island. A bus will meet the ferry at Dunwich and transport you the additional twenty minutes for a small fee.

There are plenty of food outlets at Point Lookout, and Mum and Dad, pack the togs for the kids. The young ones don't seem to feel the cold, do they!

With the Quandamooka Festival covering three months, there is sure to be an event for everyone. Enjoy, and gain some knowledge and understanding at the same time. We did.

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looking across Moreton Bay to the mainland
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Why? Some stuff books can't teach. Come out and learn.
When: 11am to 3pm
Phone: 07 341502816
Where: Point Lookout, Nprth Stradbroke Island
Cost: Free event
Your Comment
Awesome article May!
by Chloe Doyle (score: 3|1365) 798 days ago
Lovely article May. I was there as well and you have captured the mood perfectly. Well done.
by Kevin Liepins (score: 2|161) 807 days ago
Thanks, Kevin. Perfect weather for a day out too, wasn't it?
by May (score: 2|565) 807 days ago
Another great article May that promotes this wonderful event on Saturday. Hope you can make it. The Wynnum event last Saturday was fantastic.
by kevin (score: 1|40) 786 days ago
Foodi Photoh Classie
by May Cross on 14/07/2017
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