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Bunya Mountains Indigenous Experience 2024

Presented by QMF & Bunya People’s Aboriginal Corporation

Bunya Mountains Indigenous Experience 2024

9:00am, Mon 13 May, 2024
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Embark on a captivating journey of cultural immersion with the Bunya People’s Aboriginal Corporation as your knowledgeable guides. 

Set amidst the tranquil Bunya Mountains, this unique Indigenous experience invites participants to delve deep into the rich traditions of the local Indigenous custodians, in an intimate group setting.

Your day will begin with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, followed by a curated itinerary thoughtfully designed and led by First Nations peoples.

You'll gain unique insights into traditional knowledge by exploring the Bush Uni, followed by an immersive workshop brimming with dance, music, and storytelling. Enhance your connection with the land through a guided bush walk, and unleash your creativity in a hands-on clay workshop using ochre and natural materials sourced from the mountain itself.

The day is inclusive of morning tea and lunch, featuring locally sourced ingredients including the Bunya nut.

Join us for a day of unparalleled cultural immersion, where every moment is a celebration of First Nations heritage, tradition and connection to the land.




Proudly standing on the Western side of Bunya Mountain, the Bush Uni awaits, offering a unique educational experience deeply rooted in the ethos of "on Country Learning." Here, the ancient wisdom and heritage of local Indigenous groups come alive, offering insights into law, connection, marriage systems, and dispute settlement. Join us in celebrating the Bush University, a beacon of cultural rejuvenation, with more to be unveiled at the event.


Led by esteemed Traditional Owner John Davis, our dance, music, and storytelling workshop promise an engaging and immersive experience. Participants are invited to actively participate or simply relax and listen as they learn traditional Aboriginal dance moves, songs and captivating Dreamtime stories. It's a hands-on and immersive session, enabling you to bring the culture to life according to your preference.

The meaning of this activity is about respecting the people, the land and all living things. Participants will take a moment to give thanks and send a positive thought in prayer, meditation or affirmation to the spirits and souls that walk the forest through the creating of a little token of peace, respect and hope for all futures by creating two Spirit Wishes. One for the Mountain made from organic materials, lay and ochre, sticks and leaves. The other will be synthetic materials for you to take home with you.


Join the Bunya rangers on an insightful walk, where they delve into our historical coexistence with nature. Discover the various uses of plants in daily life, from medicinal and tucker to cultural significance. Explore ecosystems, with a focus on the iconic bunya trees, and engage in discussions about traditional land management practices. This informative journey offers a condensed yet enriching experience connecting you to nature's wisdom and our shared history. 

What time to arrive: Please arrive 15 minutes before the event start time 9am (8:45am), ready to start at 9am.

What to bring: A hat, appropriate footwear, water bottle, insect repellent, and a jacket (the weather can change unexpectedly) 

Access: This event requires a moderate level of fitness and sturdy, closed toed shoes as there will be walking on uneven surfaces that be muddy or have loose surfaces at times. Moderate slope descending and ascending. Suitable for most ages and fitness levels.

This event requires a moderate level of fitness and sturdy, closed toed shoes as there will be walking on uneven surfaces. 

Patrons with access requirements can let the team know by filling out an Access Request here - https://qldmusictrails.com/accessibility

For more information visit our FAQs page - https://qldmusictrails.com/faqs 

If you have other questions you can contact our team at ticketing@qldmusictrails.com or 07 3010 6600 

QMF respectfully acknowledges the Wakka Wakka, Jarowair, and Barrumgum Peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land, waters and skies where the Southern Trail unfolds. We extend our respects for their enduring connection to the remarkable terrain, where creative works take place, performances resonate, and celebrations come to life. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders of all communities who also work and live on this land. We recognise the importance of First Nations leadership and collaboration, and QMF commits to walking together on a journey of shared learning and culture.