Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Geelong: Hours, Address, Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre
4.5
Art Galleries • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Nature & Wildlife Areas
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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Stephen W
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Gourmet bush tucker
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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goony51
Melbourne, Australia174 contributions
Limited Activites
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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James L
1 contribution
Great value
Oct 2020 • Family
Great value. $3 per bag of food to feed the wallabies and emus. Bring insect repellent there can be mosquitoes. Cafe and gift shop great too. Staff friendly
Written October 10, 2020
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Thanks James... glad you had a good time :)
Written February 24, 2021
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andy M
Stamford, UK308 contributions
Feed the wallabies
Dec 2019
We decided to visit Narana after reading about it in a tourist guide about Victoria. The article gave few details and we were not sure what to expect.

There were plenty of parking spaces (free) in the car park off the South bound lane of Torquay Road.

Entry to the centre is free. We were greeted by a friendly member of the staff, who explained what activities were available. We jumped at the chance to feed the animals ($3 for a small pot of animal feed) but declined the boomerang throwing lessons. To get a more detailed tour with a guide advance booking is recommended.

The clear signs and a well maintained walkway led us to the large enclosure where wallabies, a grey kangaroo and an emu were free to roam.

It was a joy to feed the animals, most of them ate from your hand. As was advised we left the emu until last as it would eat all of the feed given the chance.

In a separate (locked) enclosure were several more, less friendly emus that could still be fed through the fence.

There is a gallery with aboriginal art and artifacts with informative labels.

There is also a café, toilets and a shop with a wide range of gifts, not too expensive.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and highly recommend this activity.
Written January 5, 2020
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Hi Andy M, thank you so much for visiting Narana. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience!
Written January 6, 2020
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INAM2O
11 contributions
A great afternoon
Dec 2019
Besides the strong culture element the center also has a lot of native wildlife. A great afternoon with an excellent cafe to grab a coffee.
Written January 3, 2020
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We are so glad you had an enjoyable afternoon at Narana, thanks so much for visiting!
Written January 5, 2020
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Maggie R
2 contributions
Brilliant
Dec 2019 • Family
Amazing aboriginal cultural experience by Anthony and the cafe owner who made traditional delicious lemon myrtle scones for our morning tea- fantastic experience to take our overseas guests. They learnt about tools, culture, land, stories, listened to the didgeridoo, learnt how to throw a boomerang and met and fed native animals - emus, kangaroo and wallabies. Super interactive, very accommodating and so friendly. Loved it and nightly recommendation it to everyone.
Written December 29, 2019
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Thank you so much for your positive review, we are so glad you had a lovely time here at Narana! :)
Written January 1, 2020
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barballen23
Geelong, Australia44 contributions
Manarola Aborignal culture centre
Apr 2019
Showcasing Aboriginal culture. Learn how to throw a boomerang and the area set up as a sanctuary with Australian wildlife.
There is a well stocked shop selling indigenous artefacts.
Written August 7, 2019
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Thanks for the positive review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit :)
Written September 13, 2019
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Simon B
City of Greater Geelong, Australia2,230 contributions
Hidden sanctuary - great for kids
May 2019 • Family
Attracts a fair crowd of grown-ups but think a few parents unaware of how kids love to visit Narana. Fenced native sanctuary out back holds friendly (not to pat) emus and wallabies. Bush tracks to wander among the fauna & animals. Playground built a couple of years and recently painted - provides happy risk for balancing, climbing & swinging.
Written May 8, 2019
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Drew H
Mount Gambier, Australia505 contributions
Interesting with good food
May 2019 • Couples
Beautiful architecture and an interesting insight into indigenous culture. Some beautiful artwork at reasonable prices. The cafe is excellent.
Written May 4, 2019
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Eddiemack
Pompano Beach, FL416 contributions
Aboriginal History in Action
Feb 2019 • Couples
Our cruise ship docked at Geelong where we had pre-booked a tour to the Cultural Center. Upon arrival at the Village, we were greeted and went through a welcoming ceremony before being escorted to the Gathering Room where we were seated. Our hosts told us about their culture and how they have lived on the continent for over 40,000 years. After a demonstration on how to play the uniquely Aboriginal wind instrument called the didgeridoo, we were led on a tour of their village. Much of the tour was hands on with an opportunity to sample indigenous foods. We even learned how to throw a boomerang. During a garden walk, we learned about the various healing properties of native plants and how they're used in Aboriginal culture.
Written April 20, 2019
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  • Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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