Aboriginal Cultural Landscape Walking Tours offers guests a unique urban Aboriginal experience of the cultural landscape of Brisbane City, South Brisbane and West End.

Join Aboriginal scholar, Alex Bond on a walking tour of Brisbane, in which he highlights the traditional Aboriginal significance of places throughout this area, discussing important historical events which occurred during the colonial era, and explains the continued Aboriginal significance of the landscape today. If requested, Alex can be accompanied by Professor Paul Memmott as a support guide who will provide additional anthropological perspectives.

Tours are professionally organised through the University of Queensland. Both guides have immense knowledge and understanding of Australian Aboriginal cultures and lifeways and have held long-standing working relationships with members of the Indigenous community. Tours are informal and relaxed and invite open discussion between the guides and the visitors. We stop at various locations for toilet breaks, food and drink stops and to ensure everyone is having an enjoyable, informative and inspiring experience.

Tours are suitable for:

Corporate groups:

  • Corporate/Government
  • Educational facilitators
  • Cultural Awareness Training
  • Indigenous Supervisors and Mentors

Students: (must be a registered educational institution)

  • University students
  • College students

4. Tour FAQ

Who are we?

The Aboriginal Cultural Landscape Walking Tours is hosted by kabi kabi scholar Alex Bond, along with anthropologist and architect Professor Paul Memmott. Alex has been proactive in Indigenous education and research for the past 20 years and is currently a researcher and tutor at the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre at the University of Queensland. He has been conducting walking tours of the Brisbane region since 2011 and has an incredible amount of knowledge of the traditional, historical and contemporary significance of Aboriginal meanings and significance of place.

Professor Paul Memmott has been an anthropologist and architect working with Australian Indigenous communities for the last 45 years. He is nationally and internationally recognised as the leading scholar in Australian Aboriginal architecture and has won numerous awards for his outstanding commitment to Indigenous issues over the years. Most notably, Paul’s publication titled ‘Gunyah, Goondie + Wurley: The Aboriginal Architecture of Australia’, won the Neville Bonner Prize for its ground-breaking research documenting traditional Aboriginal shelters.

I’ve heard that your tours are awesome and I’ll come away with a deeper understanding of Aboriginal culture in the Brisbane region? Is this true?

Yes, it most definitely is!

Does the tour run in all weather?

The Aboriginal Landscape Walking Tour will go ahead unless there is an extreme weather warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology. We will inform you as soon as possible if the tour is to be cancelled and will provide a full refund or transfer. We do not provide refunds if you choose not to attend due to weather or other reasons.

Can I pay on the day?

Bookings are only available online, prior to the tour date, so that our guides can be ready to welcome you on the day. We cannot accept cheques, cash or Credit Cards. We also have interesting resources to give to each participant, so it’s important to book in advance so you don’t miss out.

What do I do if I’m running late for the tour?

Please try hard to arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes prior to the start time. This will allow time for introductions and housekeeping matters. If you can’t avoid being late, please contact our office on (07) 3365 3660.

Is there parking nearby?

There are bus stops close to both the Springhill Observatory and the Highgate Hill gazebo. If you need assistance on available public transport, please contact our office on 3365 3660.

Contact us

Please contact us for more information on how you can engage with AERC:
Linda Thomson
Phone: (07) 3365 3660

Email

* The Aboriginal Cultural Landscape Walking Tour is an initiative of the Indigenous Design Place, The University of Queensland.