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    Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Twilight tours a chance to encounter Aboriginal culture on the Gold Coast

    Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    Twilight tours a chance to encounter Aboriginal culture on the Gold Coast

    Visitors to the Gold Coast’s David Fleay Wildlife Park these school holidays are able to experience one of the oldest living continuous cultures in the world – that of the Yugambeh Aboriginal people.

    Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said the Yugambeh people would take you on a mesmerising journey of storytelling, song and dance.

    “For a limited time, David Fleay Wildlife Park, operated by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, is hosting twilight tours with the Yugambeh people, traditional custodians of the Gold Coast area,” Ms Enoch said.

    “Locals and visitors to the Gold Coast can enjoy a Jellurgal cultural experience and Park Ranger wildlife presentation.

    “After being so well received by visitors from all over the world during the Commonwealth Games, the Twilight Experience has returned for two nights this week – Thursday and Saturday, 12 and 14 July.

    “In addition to the experience of storytelling, song and dance, locals and visitors can also explore the wildlife park and find out what our Australian wildlife get up to at night.

    “The nocturnal house will be a hive of activity with platypus, gliders and bilbies out and about.

    “There is also the opportunity to spot the red eyes of crocodiles in a waterhole at the park, and in the forest, koalas are most active at night, and often can be seen feeding in the trees.

    “The park is also running a junior ranger program during the holidays where children aged eight to 12 get to go behind the scenes with a ranger.

    “Junior rangers will learn what it takes to look after the animals, and some might even be inspired to become a ranger or wildlife officer.”

    Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre Senior Cultural Officer Lexene Busbridge said the twilight tours helped bring the community together to celebrate NAIDOC week and learn more about Indigenous culture.

    “The tours are a great opportunity for people to get a taste of the wonderfully rich Indigenous culture we have here on the Gold Coast,” she said.

    “During NAIDOC week, we celebrate and embrace the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”

    The Twilight Experience will operate from 12 and 14 July only and numbers are limited. Book now at www.qld.gov.au/davidfleay.

     

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