Join local Aboriginal guide, Matthew Burns and explore an area on the shore of Goompi (meaning Dunwich), a place of cultural significance for the Quandamooka people on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). Learn about the history of Quandamooka culture including Aboriginal artefacts, traditional hunting methods, bush tucker, bush medicines and traditional ochres as well as seeing the remnants of an old rock fish trap.
*Please Note* This tour is currently only available for private group bookings – the minimum cost is $549.00 for 10 participants.
Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island (Goompi, Minjerribah), or casually known as “Straddie” is accessed via SeaLink Passenger or Vehicle Ferry. The Ferry Terminal is at Toondah Harbour, Cleveland in Brisbane’s Southeast. Cleveland is about 40 minutes’ drive from the Brisbane CBD and is also serviced by trains to Cleveland, and local buses to the terminal. The island itself is accessed via sealed roads – 4WD vehicles are not required to get around! Goompi Trail is delivered from Polka Point in Dunwich, which is a short 10-minute walk from the SeaLink ferry terminal.
What to expect
The rich Aboriginal history of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) centres around Dunwich, home of the Quandamooka people.
The Goompi Trail is a historical tour with local Aboriginal guide, Matthew Burns, ‘Matt’. The leisurely and interactive tour along a section of the foreshore in Dunwich overlooks beautiful Moreton Bay.
Learn about Aboriginal artefacts, traditional hunting methods, bush tucker, medicines, traditional ochres and see the remnants of an old rock fish trap.
You will meet Matt on the grass shaded by trees and begin with an introduction to Quandamooka culture, learning of the history and impact of colonization. You discuss traditions and practices extending into a presentation of tools and instruments. Watch demonstrations such as fire-lighting and spear-throwing before taking part in a short walking tour of the nearby foreshore to investigate local natural resources and a historical midden.
What is included
This tour is currently only available for private group bookings – the minimum cost is $549.00 for 10 participants.
Tour starts at 10.00am in Dunwich, Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island.
This is an outdoor activity (weather dependant), ground not suitable for wheelchairs.
Photo opportunities as advised.
Cost is for tour only and depends on numbers of your group.
Planning your trip
Ferry transport required at an additional cost. To book a passenger or vehicle ferry go to https://www.sealinkseq.com.au/transport/search
Ferry transport required at an additional cost. To book a passenger ferry, go to: Stradbroke Passenger Ferry - SeaLink South East Queensland (sealinkseq.com.au) or email@example.com for a discounted group travel rate for groups over 20 passengers. To book a vehicle ferry, go to: Find a Ferry - SeaLink South East Queensland (sealinkseq.com.au)or call our friendly Reservation Team on 07 3488 5300.
Catch the 8:55am SeaLink Passenger Ferry for a 9:25am arrival and 5-10 minute walk, or 9:00am Vehicle Ferry to Dunwich for a 9:45am arrival and 2 minute drive to Polka Point, Dunwich. If already on the island, meet at the location by the tour commencement time.
Polka Point (cnr Oxley Parade and Flinders Avenue, Dunwich) please arrive at least 5 minutes prior. You need to organise your own transport to North Stradbroke Island. To book a ferry go to www.sealinkseq.com.au or see “Planning your trip” for further details.
What to bring
YOUR EXPERIENCE PROVIDER
SeaLink South East Queensland
SeaLink SEQ connects you to Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) with regular vehicle ferry and passenger ferry services operating from Cleveland throughout the year.
Their group booking service can assist with coach and ferry transport, venue hire, accommodation, catering and activities for any event on the island.
SeaLink’s commitment to North Stradbroke Island and the Southern Bay Islands extends over and above the Company’s supply of regular and reliable ferry services between the mainland and the islands.
The Company’s longstanding association with the islands has come with a considerable commitment to the local communities and those groups and organisations that exist within them. From the very beginning, SeaLink South East Queensland (formerly Stradbroke Ferries) has worked to foster strong relationships with these island communities and provide support in the form of contributions and in-kind donations to local groups and organisations.