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Enjoy a cruise through the Moreton Bay and learn about Indigenous bush tucker at The University of Queensland’s Moreton Bay Research Station’s annual Open Day on 19 November.

Based on North Stradbroke Island, the Moreton Bay Research Station is one of Australia’s largest marine research centres.

Station Manager Kevin Townsend said the Open Day offered a unique opportunity for the public to see the work that goes on at the station.

“Activities on the day include Moreton Bay cruises, a wildlife live animal show, reverse garbage art workshops, a performance from the UQ Science Demo Troupe, and touch tank and fish displays.

“There will be research talks given by scientific experts highlighting cutting edge research, covering topics as diverse as mud in Moreton Bay to fish parasites, manta rays and stingrays, cuttlefish, dolphins and mud plumes.”

Mr Townsend said free boat cruises, guided by qualified teachers and a scientific expert, will provide visitors with insight into many aspects of Moreton Bay, including fisheries, seagrass and plankton.

Those looking to keep their feet on the ground will have the opportunity to learn more about the Island’s Indigenous history.

Local elders will share their knowledge and culture in a number of activities throughout the day, starting with a Welcome to Country ceremony.

A local Aboriginal guide will take visitors along the Goompie Trail, a one-hour historical walk along the Dunwich foreshore.

Participants will learn about Aboriginal artifacts, traditional hunting methods, bush tucker, medicines, traditional ochres, and see the remnants of an old rock fish trap.

The Open Day, centred around the UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station, is a 25-minute ferry ride from Cleveland.

Event supporters include:

  • Sibelco Australia Ltd,
  • Dolphin Research Australia,
  • Dunwich State School,
  • Friends of Stradroke Island,
  • Griffith University,
  • Humpback and Highrises,
  • Mangrove Watch,
  • Minjerribah and Moorigumpin Elders in Council,
  • North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum,
  • Ocean Connect,
  • Project Manta,
  • Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation,
  • Queenslandd Parks and Wildlife,
  • Reef Check Australia,
  • Salt Water Murris,
  • SIMO,
  • Wildcare Straddie,
  • Tangalooma EcoMarines,
  • UQ Science Demo Troupe,
  • University of Sunshine Coast, and
  • station volunteers.


Media: Dr Kathy Townsend,, 07 3409 9058.

Date: November 19, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m-03:00 p.m
Event: Moreton Bay Research Station: OPEN DAY
Topic: Moreton Bay Research Station OPEN DAY
Sponsor: The Unviversity of Queensland
07 3409 9058
Venue: Moreton Bay Research Station at Dunwich
Public: Public

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