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Matthew Burns has always felt a strong connection with Quandamooka Country and has a passion for sharing his stories and knowledge. In 1995 he first started sharing his culture as a part of a traditional dance troupe called Yulu Burri Ba. By 2004, he was facilitating his own cultural workshops for school, university and special interest groups. 

Today, Matthew shares his Quandamooka culture with over 7,000 people a year on North Stradbroke Island and in the greater Brisbane region. He enjoys making all of his own artifacts, including knives, spears and ropes. He also has a particular talent for being informative, respectful and funny all at once!

There are activities suitable for all age groups, including walk tours, talk, dance and didgeridoo workshops, or the hands-on boomerang painting and throwing.

The knowledge of the Quandamooka people has been passed down through many generations, and with such a close affinity with the land and sea, they have learned to read the signs in nature and live at one with their surrounds. 

Below is the most popular activities and workshops offered to educational and special interest groups. 

Mb 200


Get creative and paint your very own boomerang to take home! Learn traditional patterns and what they mean. 

Duration: 30 - 60 minutes

Price on Request
Mb 25


Learn the history behind some of the traditional dances before joining in and listen to the sounds and techniques of the didgeridoo. 

Duration: 60 minutes

from $17.5pp based on 20 people
Mb 111


This informative walking tour of the Dunwich (Goompi) shoreline enables an insight into the Quandamooka people and their culture. 

Duration: 90 minutes

from $25.0pp based on 20 people
Mb 203


Learn about Aboriginal history and culture; see a display of local artifacts and find out what they are made of.

Duration: 45 minutes

from $18.50pp based on 20 people
Mb 107


Watch an ancient custom that involves burning various native plants, this ceremony is believed to have cleansing properties and the ability to ward off bad spirits.

Duration: 15 - 20 minutes

Price on Request
Matt Gorge


Experience the breathtaking views along the North Gorge Walk and learn about the cultural significance of the area, including local natural resources and the vast sea life. 

Duration: 60 minutes

from $17.50pp based on 20 people

We also offer tailored packages and additional workshops with Matthew Burns and can cater for smaller intimate tours or large groups. 

Tours are based on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) however a specialised experience can be organised for other locations within the Redlands Coast (Quandamooka). 

Public Goompi Tour dates take place throughout the year, usually during Queensland school holiday periods, more information and upcoming dates is located here.

To aid in your enquiry please include:

  • preferred dates and times
  • group size and age bracket
  • if your group will be a day trip / camp
  • if you would require Matthew to visit your location

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