Immerse yourself in the history, culture and lifestyle of the capital of Australia's Sunshine State while gaining an insight into Aboriginal life, both past and present. Your tour begins with a drive across the city to the Mt. Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by the friendly staff and a short jaunt through the grounds will bring you to the Rainforest area of the gardens. Leaving your coach behind, you'll embark on a guided walking tour of the Aboriginal plant trail, learning about how the various plants grown here have played a part in Aboriginal culture and traditions.
When your visit to the Botanic Gardens has concluded, you'll re-join your coach and make your way back to the shores of the Brisbane River. Along the way, a stop will be made at the Mt. Coot-tha Look-Out. This ideal location for photos offers stunning views of the Great Dividing Range, Brisbane City and Moreton Bay with its small islands to the east, and the Glasshouse Mountains and D'Agilar Range to the west.
You will next travel into the heart of the city by the river bank to the Dandiiri Maiwar Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cultures Center. Located within the facilities of the Queensland Museum, the center has an extensive collection that includes artifacts, historical and contemporary photographs, documents and oral histories. Upon arrival at Dandiiri Maiwar Center you will be met by the curator who will explain how their Cultures and Histories program has become a significant resource for Aboriginal communities and Torres Strait Islander communities, researchers, teachers and students, and people with an interest in Queensland's histories, societies and cultures.
Your final stop is at Riverlife Mirrabooka which is located on Kangaroo Point, overlooking the river. Warmly greeted by the local Brisbane Aboriginal Tribe, they will happily share with you their culture and history. You will even be invited to participate in a traditional Aboriginal song and dance with descendants of the local Yuggera Tribe as they perform indigenous stories, using dance skills passed on for thousands of years. During your time here, you will witness traditional fire starting techniques and share in Indigenous educational talks that will offer an insight into Aboriginal life and the history of this ancient land. Don't be surprised if your hosts encourage you to try your hand at playing some of their traditional Aboriginal instruments, such as the didgeridoo and clap sticks!
Your tour comes to a close as you re-board your coach and make the return trip to the pier, no doubt filled with a greater appreciation for this land of many contrasts and its original inhabitants.
Please note: This tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and are able to negotiate approximately three steps to enter and exit the coach. Wheelchair guests should also be accompanied by someone to assist them. There is a moderate amount of walking, mostly at the guest's discretion. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses and sun screen are recommended. The order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.