Discover 4000 years of culture on a Burleigh Heads Headland walking tour
Durning our holiday to the Gold Coast Mr G, Miss 3, Gran, Pop and I where very kindly invited on an aboriginal walking tour at the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Burleigh Heads.
Our adventure began when we arrived into the free car park which had allocated parking spaces for Jellurgal visitors. Note that you must display a free parking permit on the dashboard which is available from reception.
The welcome centre is bursting with trinkets and information all associated with the Yugambeh People. Incredible art work hangs from the wall, all having meaning and symbolism. The vibrant colours and stunning detail transported us into a culture that I so eagerly wanted to discover.
We were introduced to our tour guide Lexi who explained to us that she is a descendant of the indigenous Yugambeh people of Queensland's Gold Coast. We watched a short presentation on some of the rituals performed by male members of the Yugambeh peoples.
After the video presentation had finished, Lexi performed a welcoming ritual to all of the tour group, introducing us to Jabreen; the friendly giant of the mountain.
The tour was about 2km from start to finish and lasted for approximately 2 hours. Lexi was so informative and proud of her heritage. Her love and passion for her ancestry shone through every fibre of her being. Her delivery of information and animated storytelling had Miss 3 hanging off every single word she said. It was a hot day when we went so we only did the headland walk, which was on a path suitable for prams and wheelchairs. There is also an option to continue to the top of the mountain and go through the rainforest. Please note this part of the route would not be suitable for those requiring walking aids.
Jellurgal is running a special offer over the Easter School holidays were children aged between 5 to 14 years attend free with each paying adult.
Make sure you include a visit to the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre on your next visit to the Gold Coast and experience 4000 years of one of the oldest living cultures of the world.
Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Where: 1711 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads QLD
When:10am each weekday (bookings must be made in advance)
Call: 07 5525 5955