INDIGENOUS EXPERIENCES ON THE GOLD COAST

If you were one of the millions of people mesmerised by the incredible Indigenous performances of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, this list is for you.

Among the many talented performers was Gold Coast local and director of the Gathering performance, Luther Cora. Luther’s voice echoed throughout the stadium and could be heard throughout the Commonwealth countries of the world. Well known in his hometown, Luther is known for his storytelling and commitment to sharing the culture of the Yugambeh people.

The inviting culture of the Yugambeh people here on the Gold Coast is well worth becoming acquainted with. So, take a leaf out of Luther’s book and reconnect with the land, the people and awaken the ever-curious spirit within yourself.

JELLURGAL ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTRE

Nestled among Burleigh Headland is the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Truly connecting people and place, the tours take you along Tallebudgera Creek and throughout Burleigh Headland, all the while telling you the story of the land you walk on. The incredible history that exists where you stand will amaze you and stay with you for years to come. It’s a must do…and a great opportunity for a dip in Talley Creek.

DAVID FLEAY’S TWILIGHT EXPERIENCE

Created especially for the Games, this after dark experience at David Fleay’s Wildlife Park is limited to six shows only, so you’ll need to get in quick. Bring the kids for a relaxing evening and be immersed in Indigenous storytelling, song and dance. Ever tried to find a platypus in the day time? Yep, it’s tricky. Now’s your chance to see them- along with mahogany gliders, bilbies, crocs and cassowaries at the nocturnal presentation. Book in from 5-7 April and 12-14 April, for an after dark cultural experience.

DREAMWORLD CORROBOREE

Who would have thought you could learn about the effects of gravity AND cultural heritage all with a side of fairy floss? Head to Dreamworld in Coomera and follow the Rainbow Serpent to Corroboree where your surrounds change from candy colours and happy screams to koala cuddles and leafy greens. Try your hand at throwing a spear, making music with traditional instruments and watch fire-making displays – no matches required.

SPIRITS OF THE RED SAND

Deepen your connection with the Indigenous story at an immersive theatre experience at Spirits of the Red Sand in Beenleigh. Afterwards, connect with Indigenous cast members over a bush-tucker inspired dinner.  Getting there and back is easy with nightly return shuttle transfers from select hotels on the Gold Coast.

CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Dedicated to the rehabilitation of Australian wildlife and boasting one of the busiest animal hospitals in the world, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary also plays host to the Yugambeh Aboriginal Dancers. Head over to ‘lorikeet central’ to see daily shows performed by Luther and the troupe at 3:15pm every day. The Aboriginal Dance Show pays respect to the language and stories of the local Indigenous people of the Gold Coast through captivating and infectious dance. Pop in to the Village Deck pop-up beer garden during the Games and say, ‘Jingi wallal wahlu’, meaning ‘greetings to you’!