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Media Release - ‘On Country’ A Celebration of Nature, Culture and the Hinchinbrook Way

Hinchinbrook Council

14th September 2017

The Nywaigi Peoples openly invite locals and visitors to come to the award winning Mungalla Station for a celebration of nature, culture and the Hinchinbrook Way at the inaugural event; On Country Saturday 23 September from 10am to 4pm.

On Country, is a free event featuring lots of activities perfect for families.  The event also brings together some of Hinchinbrook’s most unique and renowned cultural activities and experiences.  These include: free live indigenous music, a variety of local Hinchinbrook market stalls, interpretative wetlands and native plant tours, kuppmurri lunch, interpretative cultural tours, boomerang throwing competitions, Girringun plant nursery, Girringun Aboriginal Rangers, Girringun artist displays, helicopter rides, face painting, cart rides and kids activities.

Jacob Cassady, Director of Mungalla Aboriginal Business Corporation said ‘On behalf of the Nywaigi people and Mungalla Station I would like to extend a warm invitation to everyone within the region and beyond to join us for On Country. This event will celebrate our way of life, the indigenous culture of the region and showcase the local products and experiences which are available in our beautiful part of the world.’

Hinchinbrook Shire Council Mayor Ramon Jayo said ‘On Country is a fantastic opportunity to see the great work happening at Mungalla station and more broadly celebrate the Hinchinbrook Way. We hope to see you and your family at the very first On Country celebration.’

A range of food and drink will be available on the day, including the iconic Mungalla Station Kuppmurri lunch which features a range of local Hinchinbrook produce, including Bellasato Heritage Breed Sommerlad Chickens and Jourama Farms Gourmet Mushrooms cooked in a traditional underground style.  Bookings are essential for the Kuppmurri lunch, with tickets costing $20 per Adult or $15 for Children under 14.  Tickets are available from www.townsvilletickets.com.au.

There will also be two unique tours running throughout the day. 

The One hour Interpretative Wetlands and Native Plants Tour will run hourly from Mungalla Station.  The tour showcases Mungalla Station’s acclaimed work with Greening Australia’s Reef Aid project in restoring the Mungalla Wetlands and educating the public on the importance of the wetlands.  There will be an opportunity for people to purchase a plant from the Girringun Native Plant Nursery before departing on the tour and then planting it during the tour of the Mungalla Wetlands. Tickets for the tour cost $15 per Adult and $5 for Children under 14.

There will also be hourly tours through the Mungalla Station Homestead to experience the amazing Captive Lives Exhibition.

  • Entry to On Country is FREE
  • To book the iconic Kuppmurri lunch, please visit Townsville Tickets
  • Tickets for tours can be purchased on the day or pre-purchased from Townsville Tickets
  • To find out more about the On Country event please visit the What’s On calendar on The Hinchinbrook Way website. 

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Mungalla Station Homestead, one of the oldest homesteads in the Hinchinbrook Shire.

Mungalla Station Homestead, one of the oldest homesteads in the Hinchinbrook Shire.

Wetlands at Mungalla Station.

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