About the festival

Transport to and from the festival
The annual Quandamooka Festival, held over three sub-tropical Queensland winter months (June to August), returns in 2019 to the coastal region East of Brisbane with a wide variety of events including whale watching, cultural tours, Kunjiel (corroborees), music, eco boat tours, art exhibitions, fibre art and weaving workshops, bush tucker dining, arts and cultural talks by specialists and new events featuring international acts and First Nations dancers and performances.

The Quandamooka Festival is a great opportunity to learn more about Country; the sands, seas, sacred lakes, creeks, catchments and creatures found across the Redlands / Moreton Bay islands from the Quandamooka Peoples perspective. The Festival offers a unique opportunity for people to experience the continuing culture of the Nughi, Nunukul and Goenpul clans of Quandamooka, first-hand.

When you are at the Quandamooka Festival, you become immersed in one of the oldest living cultures on earth, become socially engaged in Caring for Country, and enjoy the thrill of experiencing wildlife in their natural environment.

What do you love about the festival?


  • The Quandamooka Festival is a great opportunity to learn more about Quandamooka Country; the sands, seas, sacred lakes, creeks, catchments and creatures found across the Redlands / Moreton Bay islands from Quandamooka Peoples perspective.
  • The festival provides the ideal opportunity for all people to participate in a range of cultural activities and events including whale watching, cultural tours, Kunjiel (corroborees), music events, arts, weaving, and bush tucker dining experiences with First Nations peoples from around the world.
  • The festival is also a successful platform to engage diverse audiences and promote the region as a destination event to national and international tourism markets.

What makes the festival unique or special?


  • Nowhere else in Australia can you experience an Aboriginal guide showcasing iconic wildlife including whales, koalas and kangaroos, in the same location, being the island of Minjerribah.
  • Opportunity to observe and understand the world’s oldest living culture on Brisbane’s doorstep and how this culture has been practised for tens of thousands of years.

What is the atmosphere like at the event?


  • When you are at the Quandamooka Festival, you become immersed in one of the oldest living cultures on earth, become socially engaged in caring for country, and enjoy the thrill of experiencing wildlife in their natural environment. The ultimate thrill is the combination of all these 3 elements. An example festival experience combing these 3 elements is Yura Yalingbila Yalingbila (Welcome the Whales), a traditional Aboriginal celebration which welcomes the whales migrating through Quandamooka waters and past the lands.
  • As the event winds up, guests disperse, taking with them back to Brisbane or their subtropical holiday accommodation a new knowledge of an ancient language, an invitation to embrace Australia’s Indigenous song, dance and the arts, a deeper understanding of rich and vibrant culture, a bond with ‘Country’, and an intimate experience not easily forgotten.