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Not The Date To Celebrate: Survival Day Events In Brisbane

Celebrate the traditional owners of this country, that we are so lucky to call home this January 26th 2021 with Brisbane's Survival Day event guide.

Australia Day via @kws_aus
Australia Day via @kws_aus

Celebrate the Aboriginal peoples, their culture and history this January 26th, with a variety of events that will inspire you, educate you and open your mind. Survival Day events allow the traditional landowners to lead the narrative on this historic date.

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are warned that the following article references a deceased person.

Please check with individual operators for opening times and current COVID-19 regulations to ensure your personal safety.

Oxley Creek
Oxley Creek
Annual Survival Day Ceremony

Allies and mob are welcome to the Benarrawa Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Solidarity Group’s survival day ceremony held at the Benarrawa (Oxley Creek). This group works through a variety of ground-up, community led events to reinforce the ownership of land by Aboriginal peoples. Bring along native flowers to cast into the river as part of the ceremony, as well as a rug or chair to sit on and your own meal for a COVID safe meal after the ceremony is complete.

Simpsons Playground Reserve, 225 Graceville Avenue, Graceville

Rally & March - Unsplash - Johan Mouchet
Rally & March - Unsplash - Johan Mouchet
Meanjin Rally & March

Join the movement with the Meanjin (Brisbane) Rally & March. Beginning with an 8am flag raising at Jaggera Hall, rallying speeches will commence at Queens Gardens (144 George Street, Brisbane), followed by a march at 10:30am which finishes at Musgrave Park. Provide a platform for First Nations voices to be heard by showing up, listening & learning.

Bruce Pascoe
Bruce Pascoe
Q&A With Dark Emu Author, Bruce Pascoe

If you’re beginning your education on the complete history of Australia, Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu is a tremendous place to start. Spend your public holiday reading up on how the Aboriginal peoples used domesticated plants, sowing and harvesting practices, stored food and were in fact the first people to bake bread from the flour of grass seeds. Join Pascoe shortly after on February 3rd for a Q&A on this award-winning, engaging and informative book.

Nurri Millen totem trail
Nurri Millen totem trail
Culture Trails

Spend some time connecting with nature along the Nurri Millen totem trail. Created by the late Indigenous artist Ron Hurley with the assistance of six local Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people, who studied and researched the indigenous history of the Boondall Wetlands in order to create 18 cast aluminum contemporary totems that symbolise various parts of their culture such as plants, food, tools and the Dreaming. 

31 Paperbark Drive, Boondall

Buy Blak
Buy Blak

Buy Blak

Amplify Indigenous creators in your community by actively supporting and promoting their business. Whether you find a market stall or shop online, buying Blak should happen year round, not just on Survival Day.

Here are some resources to get you started:

Growing Up Aboriginal In Australia
Growing Up Aboriginal In Australia
Self Educate 

There’s plentiful resources and information at your disposal, simply head to your local independent bookstore, library, or pick up your phone to listen to a podcast. We’ve included some recommendations below for you.


Growing Up Aboriginal In Australia by Anita Heiss

Talking To My County by Stan Grant

Australia Day by Stan Grant 

Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe


Rabbit Proof Fence (2002)

Samson and Delilah (2009)

Charlie’s Country (2013)


Always Was, Always Will Be Our Stories

Co-Conspired Conversations

Take It Blak

Pretty For An Aboriginal

All educated this Invasion Day in Brisbane? If you’re now looking for more things to do in Brisbane, then be sure to check out our guide on things to do in Brisbane.