The Reef Trail

Yuwi/ Mackay Region

2024 Dates Announced Soon

World Firsts and Once in a Lifetimes

Between the Tides 2023 was a world-first concert experience held in nature's time...between the tides.

#The Reef Trail 2023 Recap

“Between the Tides” took place over two sold-out evenings on the stunning Cape Hillsborough coastline (Yuwibara Country). As the sun sank behind the tree-lined ridges of the headland, national treasures and self-proclaimed “Rocky boys” Busby Marou took to a temporary stage erected on the world-famous beach to share an exclusive preview of their new album, in the first event ever held on Cape Hillsborough beach. ​

As late afternoon fell, attendees began to arrive by bus (limited parking onsite minimised environmental impact). After being greeted by QMF staff, guests were ushered first into the Gathering Space: a shaded eucalypt grove above the beach, where visitors explored expressions of Country both ancient and contemporary. In this pop-up parkland village, garlanded with light and colour, guests browsed stalls featuring local First Nations-created arts and crafts, and partook in ochre-making workshops. They enjoyed premium locally-crafted food and beverage offerings; live entertainment by emerging local artist Jonte Tupaea; and a First Nations cultural program, including Torres Strait Islander weaving, and a bush medicine talk. ​​

At dusk, our Yuwi hosts led visitors from the Gathering Space down a softly-lit path through bushland to the beach. There they passed through the cleansing smoke of a fire overseen by Yuwi elder Uncle Gary Mooney. ​

Against the backdrop of the Coral Sea and the rainforest-covered headland, twenty members of the multi-generational Tchundal Malar Dance Troupe performed a magnificent Welcome to Country: “singing up” the land, and sharing stories of curlews and dolphins in a language that was until recently on the verge of extinction.​

Finally, with the scent of saltwater on a light breeze, and the sun setting behind the ridge, Busby Marou took to the stage. As Jeremy and Thomas reminisced about being up-and-coming musicians dreaming of selling out a gig like this, children cartwheeled along the beach, and guitar harmonies echoed across the bay, from Casuarina Beach to Orchid Rock. As the first-ever Between the Tides drew to a close, the friends, families and elders, dancing barefoot together on the sand, left nothing but footprints, and took only memories.​

#A glance at 2023

#2023 Events

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