Embark on a journey of discovery of Aboriginal culture with a guided walk along a stunning beachside rainforest walkway wrapped around the magical Dreaming Mountain, known as Jellurgal. Learn about the Aboriginal history and culture of the Gold Coast and hear Dreaming stories associated with the creation of Jellurgal. Learn about traditional life, bush tucker, fishing, hunting and important ecological practices while taking in the beautiful environment.
Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre is a 90-minute drive from Brisbane and can be easily accessed from the Gold Coast Highway.
What to expect
Your Jellurgal Walkabout experience commences in the cultural centre with a welcome in the Dreaming Amphitheatre and an audio/visual presentation to introduce you to the Yugambeh speaking people of this area and the region's Aboriginal history.
You will then join your experienced Aboriginal guide on a walk into the Burleigh Head National Park and around the Dreaming Mountain, Jellurgal, where culturally significant sites have played, and continue to play, an important role in the lives of Aboriginal people.
Along your walk on the scenic Oceanview Track within Burleigh Head National Park, you will see a range of environments, flora and fauna on display. The tracks take you from eucalypt forest to pandanus groves, grasslands and rainforest areas as well as weaving along the ocean shoreline and beaches.
On your tour you may see koalas high up in the trees, lizards such as water dragons and bluetongues scurrying through the leaves, birds of prey flying above the Dreaming Mountain and from the lookouts you may glimpse humpback whales migrating in winter.
Listen to the Dreaming stories associated with the creation of Jellurgal, discover facts about traditional life, the sources and uses of bush tucker, traditional fishing and hunting techniques and learn about the important ecological practices and connection to Country displayed by the Yugambeh speaking people for thousands of years.
What is included
This tour is a 2-hour experience with a local Aboriginal guide that visits the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre and includes a nature walk in the Burleigh Head National Park.
It is currently only available for group bookings with a minimum group size of 10 participants. This experience generally runs from 9:30am - 11:30am or 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
Please enquire now to confirm availability around your preferred dates.
Planning your trip
Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural centre is wheelchair and pram-friendly with a side access ramp for entry.
The Oceanview track makes its way along the coastline leading from Tallebudgera Creek around to Burleigh Point. The track is 1.2km one-way and a 'Grade 2' walk, meaning that it is a hardened surface with gentle hill sections and occasional steps. No bushwalking experience is required and wheelchair assisted and pram assisted access is possible.
Please meet inside Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre, 1711 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads 4220.
What to bring
We recommend visitors bring suitable shoes for walking, a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water.
You may also want to bring your swimmers and a towel for a swim at the picturesque Tallebudgera Creek after the tour. A lifeguard-patrolled beach is located a short walk from the centre.