Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre
4.5
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Narana is an award winning Aboriginal Cultural Centre offering authentic, immersive cultural experiences. Experience the World’s Oldest Living Culture first hand with a Free self-guided Tour or book one of our group visitor experience tours delivered by expert Cultural Interpreters. “Narana” means Listening and Learning, but it’s a deep, deep listening in which you take in and live out. It is this concept of “Listening and Learning For Life” which underpins Narana’s mission to be a destination for cultural education and tourism activities which promote greater understanding of Aboriginal Culture and history. Listen and Learn about Ancient Dreaming stories, Connection To Country through Songlines, artworks, cultural artefacts and bush tucker. Nestled amongst native trees, walkways, garden & our resident wild life is our Cultural Education Exhibition Building, Art Gallery, Cafe Narana & Retail Outlet. Narana’s Art Gallery exhibits & sells artworks from internationally acclaimed and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait artists to suit all budgets. Cafe Narana serves up an extensive breakfast & lunch menu featuring dishes inspired by native ingredients and Indigenous flavours and includes both indoor & outdoor dining areas. Our Retail outlet stocks a large range of handmade items including boomerangs, didgeridoos, clothing, health & beauty, homewares, bush herbs and spices and souvenirs. Meet our resident emus and wallabies up close and you can even learn to throw a boomerang! Located 10 minutes from Geelong on the way to Torquay, on the doorstep of the Great Ocean Road, only 1 hour from Melbourne’s CBD. Open Monday to Saturday. Bookings can be made via phone or by visiting our website. Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre is a Non-For-Profit Educational & Tourism focussed Enterprise that is committed to providing a welcome entree to todays’ Indigenous culture. ‘EXPERIENCE NARANA’
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goony51
Melbourne, Australia198 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
Was quite quiet when we visited so there weren’t staff to teach the kids boomerang skills nor run a tour/info session. Instead there were plaques on walls to read with good information about the indigenous history in Australia. There is a cafe on site and a small animal enclosure where the kids can handfeed emu’s and wallabies.
Written January 9, 2021
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Margaret M
11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
Feeding the emus and kangaroos was great but was disappointed they closed an hour early (at 3pm not 4) and wouldn’t let us see the gallery. Staff member advised she couldn’t do it by herself despite there only being 2 groups- a total of 6 people. I’d heard it was good and had rushed to fit it in.
Written January 13, 2023
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Alison S
Sydney, Australia2,278 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Bradley encouraged us with wit and enthusiasm to learn about the wonderful feats of the People who lived in the area millenia ago.
It was amazing.
Surprising snippets of information and wonderful views of the river and its might.
Well worth a visit.
Thank you Brad.
Written May 26, 2022
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Stephen W
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Food was just superb. Really nicely presented, great fresh ingredients, beautiful flavours. We also fed the emus and loved the gallery but the lunch was the highlight. Got to try crocodile, emu and kangaroo, as well as lots of flavours from native herbs and spices.
Written January 11, 2021
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Hi Stephen, We are so glad you enjoyed your experience! Hope to see you back our way soon :)
Written February 24, 2021
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Geraldine K
Geelong, Australia67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
We all had a delicious lunch, followed by going for a walk, seeing some emu’s, kangaroos and wallabies. Then we went into the shop and had a wonderful time looking at all the beautiful gifts. This is a definite must visit for everyone who wants to learn about Aboriginal history and culture. The staff were extremely pleasant and helpful in all areas. I will definitely be going back, and I give it 10/10.
Written April 4, 2022
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AlexPuente
San Luis Potosi, Mexico99 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Family
Chose this as a cruise excursion and I couldn't possibly have made a worse choice. There's nothing interesting about this place. The aboriginal "experience" is just two young brothers doing a couple of dances and singing but there's absolutely nothing special about it. Would not recommend this at all.
Written February 11, 2018
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Kerry G
Geelong, Victoria, Australia5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
An interesting place to visit. Great personel. A bit of hit and miss menus. No place should run out of soups or short orders.. Replace shabby looking menus and keep with the seasons. Keep the menu simple but with a twist. Ask your customers, " any ideas how we can improve" don't take criticism personally. You have a great place exhibit! Ask people about what there is to see and experience. Make sure you have enough staff at all times. Keep it clean always and the customer is nearly always right.
Written January 7, 2015
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October-Sweet
Geelong, Australia284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
Locals or Visitors to Geelong, Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre is a must see attraction. So very, very interesting, informative, educational and a genuinely fantastic place. No wonder it has won multiple Awards for Best Tourist Attraction for years. There is a great Gift Shop where all manner of Aboriginal articles can be purchased, boomerangs, Flags, Glass ware, didgeridoos, postcards, hats, even sneakers, There is a lovely cafe where you can treat yourself and friends to a breakfast or lunch and get the opportunity to try bush tucker at its best. And there is the Art Gallery and Cultural Centre, this is the real deal. The Art Gallery has displays of different Aboriginal Artist and their wonderful painting style, special events with the Artist present to chat about their works. And the amazing Cultural Centre which is set up in a wonderful timber lined circular building displaying many different Aboriginal Artifacts. This area is also the heart of this fantastic Centre, they have daily educational classes that give you a true look into how the people used different tools, made the paints to decorate there bodies and paint the artworks they are famous for around the world, and all manner of materials that they used to live and survive in the harsh Australian Outback. But that's not all, you also get the chance to go out to the boomerang field and have a first hand demonstration on how to throw a boomerang. Whilst outside if you wander around the grounds you will get to see all the indigenous plants growing as well as the edible garden, and who could forget the mob of Emus, who have recently been let loose out the back and are now breeding. Last but not at all least, if you are really lucky you may be able to get Damien to blow you a tune on his Didgeridoo. The cost for the Cultural Adventure is very, very reasonable and it is best to phone and book (61 52415700) as you can appreciate this really educationally exciting experience is always well supported by schools and groups. Nicholas the manager is only too happy to chat and assist you with enquiries, and as I have mentioned it would be a BIG mistake to not visit this truly special attraction.
Written August 15, 2014
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marian thomassen
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
This was a tip of a friend as this Centre shows a lot about the Aboriginal History. There is an art gallery with beautiful Aboriginal art work, videos and stories about their history. Next to that, they have a lovely outdoor where you can greet and feed wallabies and Emu's! A must see place!
Written March 3, 2019
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EndlessTravels
Greater Melbourne, Australia35,492 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018
Had never heard of this place until recently. I’ve been missing out. Great pit stop on way to surf coast. The kids will love the wallabies and emus. Very good playground and the cafe has yummy food
Written March 15, 2018
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