Discover Brisbane's Indigenous Past
Queensland is rich in ancient Indigenous culture and history and there’s no better place to discover it than right here in Brisbane! Although the closest rock art site is a whopping ten hour drive from the CBD, there are plenty of closer means to immerse yourself in a traditional culture. Here’s your guide to the best Aboriginal sites in Brisbane:
MUSGRAVE PARK (South Brisbane)
Wander through the ancient site of the Kurilpa Aboriginal camping ground, today known as Musgrave Park. Still significant to the local Aboriginal people today, the park was once used by the ancestors of the traditional custodians of these lands. Today the park is used to host major festivals, including the annual NAIDOC event, celebrating the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, especially the local native Murri people.
BRISBANE BOTANIC GARDENS (Mount Coot-tha)
Hidden within Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens is the Aboriginal Plant Trail, a showcase of bush tucker and bush medicine, used by the Indigenous. Take the self-guided tour and learn about the plants and their ancient uses. The rainforest even provided the tools Aborigines needed to build weaponry. Signage will provide you with information along the trail and entry is free so stop dilly-dallying and pay the gardens a visit.
THE ABORIGINAL ART TRAIL (Boondall)
Wander through Boondall Wetlands just north of Brisbane where you’ll be able to walk in the footsteps of ancient Aboriginal peoples. The art trail is made up of 18 aluminium sculptures, designed to tell the story of how Indigenous clans used the natural environment. The art can be viewed from a number of cycling and bushwalking tracks so come prepared for an adventure!
MOUNT COOT-THA (Mount Coot-tha)
Head to the top of one of Brisbane’s most popular attractions, Mount Coot-tha, where you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the natural settings used by Aboriginal clans. Take the 1.5km art trail and learn how the traditional owners made the most of the lands. Signs will guide you along the trail with information on the flora and fauna clans used to survive. History has never looked so beautiful!
DANDIIRI MAIWAR (South Brisbane)
Head to Queensland Museum’s Dandiiri Maiwar to learn more about the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people who wandered the lands of Queensland. The cultural centre is home to countless artefacts, stories, photographs, music and art which are on permanent display. Immerse yourself in the culture of a traditional peoples and learn more about your local history.
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