A year ago people might remember the Quandamooka mob’s QYAC organising a boat cruise down Brisbane River and across the bay to Minjerribah (Stradroke Island) for a group of Danish conference delegates, which was a huge success.
For those working in the space of Indigenous tourism, you could just tell that the organisers’ were onto something good, in terms of the economic, social and cultural aspirations of the mob.
So, a year later, it’s great to see the next cruise coming up (6 December), and a clear intent for the cruise to ultimately become a weekly event on SEQs tourism calendar. Check out this news article. I think the proximity to Brisbane’s CBD will provide the volume of tourists required to make this a successful venture, let alone the timing ahead of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, and the construction of the Queens Wharf Integrated Resort in the CBD.
A very significant part of this venture is that it involves collaboration between groups (Quandamooka and Yuggera) which acknowledges the respective country and waters the vessel will cover. But just as importantly is the reality that collaboration makes things happen. Well done to all concerned and I think all Brisbanites look forward to taking the cruise in the future and proudly telling everyone about it!
I’m not sure if any tickets are still available for the next cruise on 6th December, but check it out at this link and grab some seats.