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Minjerribah SeaLink Day Passes

  • Written by The Express

EXPLORE, DISCOVER, CREATE AND CAPTURE BRISBANE’S ENCHANTING  MINJERRIBAH WITH EIGHT BRAND NEW CULTURAL AND ECO-TOURISM EXPERIENCES 

Visitors are invited to meet the locals, unearth fascinating stories and immerse themselves in authentic  arts, cultural and eco-tourism experiences as Brisbane Economic Development Agency (BEDA) in  partnership with Queensland Government and Redland City Council launches eight new  Minjerribah SeaLink Day Passes.  

The curated Minjerribah SeaLink Day Pass experiences are designed to highlight the cultural, natural and historic appeal of Minjerribah / North Stradbroke Island in the heart of Quandamooka country, just  a 25-minute ferry trip from Cleveland on Brisbane’s Bayside. 

Minjerribah is one of the world’s largest sand islands situated in the pristine waters of Moreton Bay and  easily accessible by SeaLink passenger or vehicular ferry for day-trippers and longer stays. 

From art galleries, sunrise yoga and headland scouting to tasting native bush food, immersive maker  workshops and adventure trails for kids, Minjerribah is brimming with unique experiences.  

The Minjerribah SeaLink Day Passes include Island Arts & Heritage, Children’s Island AdventureMinjerribah Cultural Tour, Bush Foods Gathering, Island Photography Walk, Island Social Golf, Island  Oasis Yoga & Breakfast and Island Jewellery Making experiences, all including return SeaLink ferry  tickets.  

Each Day Pass experience will be led by a welcoming and knowledgeable island host, such as First  Nations artist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins for the immersive Children’s Island Adventure, Yura Tours  guide Elisha Kissick on the three-hour Minjerribah Cultural Experience driving tour and The  Quandamooka Chef Kieron Anderson, who shares his connection to the island by serving dishes that  showcase native ingredients in the Bush Foods Luncheon tasting. 

Local Minjerribah artist Paula Boo shares her basketry techniques in the Island Jewellery Making experience while landscape photographer Julie Sisco highlights the island’s natural attributes on an  educational Photography Walk.  

Visitors can also get active with Island Oasis Yoga & Breakfast and Island Social Golf activities or delve  into Island Arts and Heritage with other local creatives at some of Minjerribah’s most iconic galleries  and maker spaces.  

Delivered by Brisbane Economic Development Agency in partnership with the Queensland Government  and Redland City Council, the tourism project is designed to promote Minjerribah as a leading cultural  and eco-tourism destination to increase day trips, overnight stays and repeat visitation. 

More than 20 Minjerribah tourism operators and local businesses, along with SeaLink and the Redland  City Council tourism team, helped to shape and create the one-of-a-kind island experiences. 

Brisbane Economic Development Agency Chief Executive Officer Anthony Ryan said the benefits of  the new day pass experiences are twofold.

“From enticing first-time and returning visitors to explore Minjerribah in new and meaningful ways, to  connecting local products with new customers, the day passes are helping to create sustainable growth  for the island’s tourism sector," he said. 

“Minjerribah is a truly unique and diverse destination as the world’s second-largest sand island, with its  natural beauty and rich ancient Indigenous history major drawcards for visitors looking to experience  Brisbane beyond the city. 

“As the Regional Tourism Organisation for the Brisbane Region, we are thrilled to partner with the  Queensland Government to deliver these first-ever experiences alongside Minjerribah tourism  operators, SeaLink and Redland City Council.” 

The Minjerribah SeaLink Day Pass experiences are available from Thursday 12 May to Sunday 31 July  2022 and include SeaLink passenger ferry return transfers from Cleveland to Dunwich. 

For more information and to book your Minjerribah SeaLink Day Pass experiences, visit  sealinkseq.com.au/minjerribah-day-pass 

Minjerribah SeaLink Day Passes include: 

Island Arts & Heritage Day Pass 

Availability: Wednesdays to Sundays, 11 May – 31 July 2022 

Meet talented local creatives and hear fascinating stories. Visit Island Art Galleries and the North  Stradbroke Island Museum on Minjerribah. Check out the Museum shop and its range of incredible  books before enjoying lunch at The Island Barn Cafe. Take a beach stroll and relax into the island  sunset before taking your passenger ferry to return to the mainland. 

Day Pass includes: 

  • SeaLink passenger ferry transfers to/from the Island (Cleveland to Dunwich return) Entry fee to Museum 
  • Bookmark & Dilly Bag Gift from Delvene Cockatoo-Collins Design Studio 
  • Lunch (incl. beverage) of up to $20 at The Barn Cafe 
  • No minimum or maximum booking numbers apply 

Children’s Island Adventure Day Pass 

Availability: Wednesdays to Sundays, 11 May – 31 July 2022 

Families can enjoy an incredible day of fun reconnecting within a blissful island paradise. Children can participate in a series of immersive activities and have their imaginations captivated by island  storytellers.  

  • Start with a visit to the Delvene Cockatoo-Collins Studio where children will make a little  mermaid or a whale. 
  • Head across the road to the North Stradbroke Island Museum on Minjerribah to receive a  special map featuring QR codes linked to clues for the Goompi Family Quest. Meet and follow Laddie, a young boy from Dunwich whose father was the Dunwich Benevolent  Asylum’s postmaster since 1894. Explore the Museum exhibits, tackle some tasks and search  through old photographs, charts and exhibits to find connections to Laddie’s life on the island.  

Minjerribah Cultural Experience hosted by Yura Tours 

Availability: every Tuesday & second Sunday + selected Fridays (13 and 27 May, 10 June and 24  June, 8 and 22 July), 10 May – 31 July 2022 

Three-hour driving tour with pick-up/drop-off from SeaLink Ferry by Quandamooka guide  Visit Bummiera (Brown Lake) to experience a traditional Welcome to Country and take in the  beautiful surroundings connecting you to Country.  

  • Walk in ancestor footsteps, stopping in at Moongalaba / Terra Bulla (Old Mission Site) and  Capemba (Myora Springs).  
  • Enjoy a guided cultural tour at the famous Mulumba (Point Lookout headland), listening to  creation stories, taking in the breathtaking views and learning about the different flora of the  island and its Aboriginal uses.  
  • Travel to Gumpi (Dunwich) and browse the Gumpi art galleries, including Delvene Cockatoo Collins Studio, where you can find a piece of Minjerribah to take home. 

Bushfoods Luncheon Day Pass 

Availability: Sat 25 June & Sat 9 July. Set time: 12.30pm – 2pm 

Culture and theatre combine with flavour and flair.  

  • Follow First Nation caretaker and classically trained chef Kieron Anderson as he unwinds  ancient practices and shares sacred knowledge around food, art and Aboriginal culture. ‘The  Quandamooka Chef’ shares his deep connection and understanding of First Nations culture,  customs and the oldest food on the Earth. 
  • Enjoy a Cooking Demonstration and Cultural Storytelling (1.5 hours), tasting local bush foods  and feast on grazing plates full of unique local island delights.  
  • Luncheon venue: North Stradbroke Island Museum on Minjerribah

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Island Social Golf Day Pass 

Availability: Saturdays and Sundays – 2 sessions per day (9am – 1pm and 12pm – 4pm), 14 May – 31  July 2022 

The North Stradbroke Island 9-Hole Golf Course shares a boundary with Heritage-listed Brown Lake.  The course offers exquisite views of the Lake and Moreton Bay from Redland Bay to Brisbane and  north to the Glasshouse Mountains and is shared with local fauna, including kangaroos, koalas and  birdlife. 

Island Social Golf Day Passes include the following for groups of four players:  Green fees and equipment hire 

  • Lunch/beverage meal deal 
  • Transport services to/from and on the island 

Island Oasis Yoga & Breakfast Day Pass 

Availability: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 8am –11am, 13 May – 31 July 2022 Venue: Oasis on Straddie 

  • Start your experience at 8am with a welcome smoothie followed by a moderate yoga infusion  experience guided by a qualified yoga instructor.  
  • Enjoy a hand-crafted healthy continental breakfast of fresh fruits, gluten-free savoury tarts,  island juice and more.  
  • From 10am, you are free to visit the nearby Home Beach for a refreshing swim before planning  the rest of your day’s island activity. 

Island Photography Walk Day Pass 

Availability: Wednesdays and Fridays, 10.30am – 12.30pm, 11 May – 31 July 2022 Join a two-hour Island Photography Walk around Minjerribah’s iconic North Gorge with local  landscape photographer, Julie Sisco.  

  • Suitable for all types of cameras including phones, you’ll learn how to further develop your eye  for photography.  
  • Julie shares insights on composition and the use of elements within the frame.  Participants will also receive support material and an invitation to join a private Facebook group  to share images from the day. 

Island Jewellery Making Day Pass 

Availability: Wednesdays and Thursdays – 2 sessions per day (10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm), 11 May  – 31 July 2022 

  • Venue: Oasis on Straddie 
  • Join local Minjerribah artist Paula Boo as she guides you through designing your very own  woven earrings or pendant.  
Paula shares widely used coiling basketry techniques using natural and hand-dyed raffia and  sterling silver jewellery findings to create individual pieces.

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