Country, Culture & People
The Quandamooka Peoples have lived on Minjerribah (now known as North Stradbroke Island) for a very long time. Scientists say at least 25 000 years, however we say longer. Our traditional estate – Quandamooka, the waters and islands of Central and Southern Moreton Bay and the coastal land and streams between the Brisbane to Logan Rivers, gave life to us in a time beyond memory.
There are three clans that comprise the Peoples of the Quandamooka. They are the Nughi of Mulgumpin (known also as Moreton Island) and the Nunukul and Gorenpul of Minjerribah.
We hold our heads high as Traditional Owners with strong identity and culture.
We are the Quandamooka People. We are the people of the sand and the water.
Our people have retained our distinctive culture and we are living proof of our continuous occupation and cultural practice. Our traditional practices have been upheld in contemporary form. Our People travel regularly through Quandamooka land and sea caring for Country. Through consultations with our Elders and the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, we work together to protect our lands and sea country in many ways, including taking part in cultural heritage management, Environmental Impact Assessments, negotiating over developments, educating the public and maintaining land and sea management responsibilities. Caring for our Country is our business. It always has been and always will be.
We sing its songs, tell it’s stories and dance to its rhythms to give honour and thanks to keep our place in it’s heart. The artists are the storytellers of our people, telling individual and collective memories through their artistic works and dance performances. Visual art and performing art form a strong part of the Quandamooka identity.
The Salt Water Murris – Quandamooka Inc is dedicated to the production and presentation of local Aboriginal culture and the art gallery offers a diverse and inspiring display of traditional and contemporary artwork. Established to promote and maintain the cultural capital of our clan groups, Salt Water Murri’s – Quandamooka, is located at Ballow Road, Dunwich. Visit Salt Water Murri’s – Quandamooka Inc, to experience Quandamooka Culture, hear our stories and see our art.
Get to Quandamooka
From BNE airport, Brisbane CBD or the Gold Coast
Driving South from the Brisbane Airport less than 10 minutes, Quandamooka Country begins on the South side of the Brisbane River. Between the Brisbane River and Logan River the Eastern side, or coastal region of Brisbane, is Quandamooka Country. Many festival events are held on the mainland, many on the islands off the coast and even on the waters of Quandamooka Country.
Getting to Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)
All water taxis & ferries to the Island leave from Cleveland.
Getting to Cleveland from Brisbane CBD by road vehicle is 30 km via Old Cleveland Road, an estimated 50 minutes driving dependant on traffic conditions and vehicle.
Getting to Cleveland from BNE, Brisbane Airport by road vehicle is 30 km via the M1, an estimated 40 minutes driving dependant on traffic conditions and vehicle. This route includes tolls.
Getting to Cleveland from the Gold Coast by road vehicle is 78 km via the Pacific Motorway, an estimated 1 hour and 20 minutes driving dependant on traffic conditions and vehicle.
Getting to Cleveland by Train or Bus - Use the Translink Journey Planner to plan your trip to Cleveland: jp.translink.com.au
From the Cleveland Train Station Stradbroke Flyer water taxi provides a free shuttle bus that picks up passengers from the Cleveland Train Station 10 minutes before water taxi departures (some early and late services excluded). A Transdev bus also travels to the Stradbroke Ferries water taxi from the Cleveland Train Station before water taxi departures (some early and late services excluded).
From the Cleveland Shops Bus Stop Stradbroke Flyer water taxi provides a free shuttle bus that picks up passengers from the Cleveland Shops Bus Stop, in Middle Street, 15 minutes before water taxi departures (some early and late services excluded). A Transdev bus also travels to the Stradbroke Ferries water taxi from the Cleveland Shops Bus Stop, in Middle Street, before water taxi departures (some early and late services excluded).
Water taxi and vehicle ferry companies
Stay on Quandamooka
Quandamooka Country is so beautiful you will want to stay
Stay on the mainland, Minjerrribah (North Stradbroke Island), Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) or the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.
Stay on the mainland
Stay on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)
Stay on Mulgumpin (Moreton Island)