This is the story of a successful Indigenous enterprise, a multi-award winning tourism destination and an iconic Australian cattle station.
Kup Murri Dining Experience with live contemporary indigenous music
(5:30pm -8:00pm): $65.00
Over dinner, enjoy the light entertainment of acoustic blues, folk, country and rock styles mixed uniquely from our local Indigenous rock stars. Kup-Murri are traditional underground overs which do more than just cook food, they bring a community together to produce a meal. The food prepared in a Kup-murri has a beautiful rich flavour, as it is slow cooked underground on rocks that have been heated in a fire all afternoon.
Early European settlers watched how Aboriginal people made breads in their Kup-murri. Seeds were ground into flour, water was added then the dough was cooked in the coals from the fire. These were the original dampers from the bush.
Mungalla Aboriginal Tour
(2pm – 5:30pm): $70
Mungalla Aboriginal Tours shares the land’s history from its pre-contact days as traditional lands of the Nywaigi people through to the recent return of the land to the traditional owners. Throughout the tour physical sites on the property are incorporated into the telling of stories relating to the property’s mixed Aboriginal, South Sea Islander and European heritage. The tour provides a contemporary insight into indigenous culture through powerful, tragic, but ultimately uplifting stories of Indigenous Culture.
The history of the Nywaigi people stretches for 60,000 years. The history of this land includes the Dreaming stories, European occupation, the growth of the Mungalla cattle station, slavery and captive life, birds and crocodiles, boomerangs and didgeridoos, land care and restoration, and celebrating Mungalla today.
About Mungalla Station
Mungalla Station, which is owned and operated by the Nywaigi Aboriginal people, is a little over an hour’s drive north of Townsville and easily accessible by car. You don’t need a 4WD to get here; you just need a car and an interest in culturally rich experiences.
The history of the Nywaigi people stretches for 60,000 years and includes the Dreaming stories, European occupation, the growth of the Mungalla cattle station, indentured labour and captive life, birds and crocodiles, boomerangs and didgeridoos, land care and restoration, and celebrating Mungalla Station today.
To experience Mungalla Station is to immerse yourself amongst stories told by an engaging, pragmatic and culturally strong community of proud Indigenous Australians. The experience is diverse, real and rich!
You will not find a more authentic or accessible indigenous experience in Australia
In 2016, Mungalla Station is proud to launch the Mungalla Experience, an exciting afternoon and evening event, incorporating cultura adn history tours, a Kup Murri dining experience and live music.
The Mungalla Experience delivers an unrivalled immersive experience into the Nywaigi people’s culture, history, stories and a way of life. The experience starts at 2pm at the grand old Mungalla Station Homestead, located 8km west of Ingham on Forrest Beach Road. For directions refer to Google maps, or download the PDF mudmap on this page.
The Mungalla Experience includes an afternoon cultural tour, followed by an evening taking in the stunning sunset over the Mungalla Wetlands, enjoying Australia’s best Kup-Murri (Earth-Oven) dinner experience, all whilst listening to the sounds of outstanding contemporary Indigenous live music
The cost is inclusive of the tour, dining experience and live entertainment. Alcoholic drinks may be purchased on the night, and you will have access to the gift shop for any souvenirs
The Nywaigi people want you to come and experience this beautiful and unique part of the world and learn their stories about who they are today.