Born and raised on North Stradbroke Island, 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.