Finding the Bunyip! – An adventure with the Abbey Museum Friends

There’s nothing better to raise the spirits like a social get together between friends, where connecting and spending time with friends is the order of the day.  But add a mystical creature who may be lurking in swamps and bush to the mix – namely a Bunyip – and we have an adventure!

The Abbey Museum Friends (the membership group that assists in fundraising and supporting the museum) are planning an ‘adventure’  tour of south-eastern Queensland led by the Museum’s Senior Curator Michael Strong.  The tour consists of visiting possible Bunyip sites in the region and examining their cultural significance. Michael has a detailed knowledge of the Aboriginal history of the area and will lead discussion on the various sites visited on the tour, enabling members of the touring party to have a better understanding of the history of the First People in the Gold Coast and Scenic Rim areas.

The Bunyip is a large mythical creature from Australian Aboriginal mythology, said to lurk in swamps, billabongs, creeks, riverbeds, and waterholes. The origin of the word Bunyip has been traced to the Wemba-Wemba or Wergaia language of Aboriginal people of South-Eastern Australia.

The previous tour was greatly appreciated by all who took part; if you would like to be a participant in the forthcoming one please send your expression of interest as detailed below.


Date:                         Monday 1st October 2018/Tuesday 2nd October 2018

Accommodation:   Beaudesert – all twin share bed and breakfast.  Due to the configuration of the motel there will be NO single rooms.

Cost:                          $180 per person (coach and accommodation and 2 morning teas).  Lunches on both days, afternoon tea and dinner on Monday night will be at your own expense.


Numbers are limited so please get in early!  Please forward your expression of interest to as soon as possible.  Please advise the number of travellers and the best contact email address.

A deposit of $50 per person should be paid by no later than 26th July 2018

Payment in full must be made by 14th September 2018


Payment Options

Direct Deposit: WESTPAC BANK

BSB: 034 640

A/C: 480 722

Please reference your name and FBT (eg Smith FTB)

Cheques – should be made payable to Abbey Museum Friends

Preliminary programme (subject to amendment if necessary due to weather, road closures or other unforseen events)


  • Depart the Abbey Museum 9.00am sharp
  • First stop Purga Cemetery – Michael will explain the significance of this area en route
  • Morning tea (provided) at Peaks Crossing rest area; looking across the dreaming sites of Flinders Peak & Mt Goolman
  • Examine bora ground at Rathdowney
  • Lunch at Rathdowney Pub – own expense. This facility is CASH ONLY but there is an ATM on the premises
  • Proceed to Beaudesert where we will book into the Motel before proceeding to the Beaudesert Historical Museum which will be opened specially for us
  • Dinner at Beaudesert (own expense)– the Railway Hotel offers great food and senior’s discounts , but there are alternative eateries if you prefer


  • Depart at 9.00am
  • First stop Il-Bogan Lagoon
  • Bromelton Bunyip Dreaming site at Bromelton Homestead
  • Morning tea (provided) at Wyaralong Dam Lookout
  • Lunch (own expense) at Advancetown View Café
  • Natural Bridge dreaming site
  • Pleistocene 12,000 year old Bushrangers Cave visit (walk of 1.6km required)

Cost – $180 per person – this includes coach travel, expert commentary along the way, bed and breakfast, two morning teas and entry to museum

There will be raffles, so bring along some cash as there are no ATM or EFTPOS on the bus!


NOTE: All walks are optional