Cape York’s Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival is held every two years at Laura, a town on Cape York approx. 250km northwest of Thala.

Celebrating the world’s oldest culture, the 2017 Laura Festival runs from 30 June – 2 July. The festival celebrates Aboriginal communities, language song, dance and stories. Multi-generational performances showcase the strength, pride and uniqueness of Aboriginal people and their customs and traditions. Over 20 communities from across the region participate in the festival, bringing over 500 performers.

I’ve been with the Laura Dance Festival for 30 years. We’re dancing, we’re telling our stories…. it’s very important that we keep our culture alive, and keep our language alive. We pass that on to the next generation.

Around 5,000 people visit the bi-annual festival, camping out around Laura and becoming fully immersed in this culturally significant celebration. The 2017 Event program is being finalised and tickets are on sale now!

Aboriginal rock art of Cape York

Take advantage of a visit to Laura to view extraordinary Aboriginal rock art on Cape York which has been dated at approximately 40,000 years old. These rock art sites depict stories and landmark events in caves and rock outcrops across Cape York. The galleries in Quinkan Country near Laura are listed by UNESCO as being among the top 10 rock art sites in the world.

The Split Rock site, located 14 kms from Laura, is the most famous of the galleries. The Mushroom Rock and Giant Horse sites offer spectacular rock art galleries. The views from the Giant Horse galleries combined with the sheer volume of art on display are stunning.

Guided tours can be arranged at The Quinkan Cultural Centre.

More rock art galleries can be visited from the relaxed campsite at Jowalbinna, about 35 kms outside Laura.

Did you know that Thala holds complimentary Aboriginal cultural presentations each Monday night for inhouse guests?