The Moreton Bay Aboriginal Heritage Trail program is divided into the following sections :
Toorbul Point Bora Ring
Students view a bora ring ceremonial site on Bestmann Road. Here the guide will inform them about customs like the initiation of boys into men and sacred lore.
Godwin Beach Midden Site
Students will experience the following in this part of the trail:
- A discussion of the formation of Moreton Bay from an archaeological dating viewpoint, focusing on climate change and drowned landscapes.
- Participate in a walk through a bush trail, where they will look at the environmental resources of this area that were used by the traditional Aboriginal tribe/s living there, focusing on the Aboriginal people’s relationship with the land and sea.
- Discussion of how the “Killing Times” part of Australian history affected the Aboriginal tribes in the Moreton Bay area.
- Sight and handle a variety of associated Aboriginal artefacts collected by the Abbey Museum’s senior curator, Michael Strong.
Students will briefly view this memorial to the last member of the Joondoburra people from Bribie Island. The guide will give a brief history of who erected the memorial and why.
Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottles and closed in walking shoes.
3.5 to 4 hours, including breaks.