Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre
4.5
Art GalleriesPoints of Interest & LandmarksNature & 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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Kim
Melbourne, Australia30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
What a wonderful experience - feeding Emus and Cangaroos - an amazing arts gallery and the food also was delicious. A modern playground helped to enjoy the day
Written 29 September 2023
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ChrisManuel
Guildford, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Narana Aboriginal Centre which had fascinating exhibits and a wonderful art gallery. You could also see the history of the aboriginal peoples and the effect that European colonialisation had on them.

The art gallery was truly amazing and Included films of some of the artists at work. The vibrant colours and fascinating patterns memorise you and draw you deep into the painting!

For the kids you can wander around an enclosure with emus, wallabies and kangaroos, who are all very tame with some who enjoy being petted.

As to the cafe, bring an appetite as the portions are generous and I have to say this was the best breakfast that I have had during my entire trip to Australia... It was not only delicious but excellent value for money which is a surprise bearing in mind how expensive it is to eat in Australia!

Finally there is a great shop without any of the normal tourist tat that is normally on offer!

All in all a must visit if you are ever in Melbourne, or Geelong, and a good stop on your way to the 12 Apostles!
Written 20 March 2023
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julie s
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Humey great knowledge of first nation people. Knowledge of animals. Cafe. Love first nation history and stories. E.g.. How emu oil is made with no harm to the emu.
Plus did you know rock wallabies are related to possums not to kangaroos.
Written 7 February 2023
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Mary O
Mullingar, Ireland128 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Visited here on the way back from the twelve apostles. Really lovely place where you can interact and feed the animals. Was able to pet a kangaroo and feed an emu.
Written 19 January 2023
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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 13 January 2023
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Alison S
Sydney, Australia2,447 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 26 May 2022
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Geraldine K
Geelong, Australia61 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 4 April 2022
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Finian48
Glasgow, UK102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Very interesting and well set out attraction. We had lunch which was very good, service was excellent. We bought a few gifts in the shop and the staff were very friendly and helpful.
Written 24 March 2022
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The Wandering Reviewer
Melbourne, Australia11,941 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Business
So fortunate to spend half a day at #narana_cultural_centre today with colleagues. Started with an explore of the gift shop which quite frankly, took my breath away with art, fragrance and books.
Then braved the autumnal weather and went outside to find the emus, wallabies and the one kangaroo. All of which were delightful. I see these animals all the time for work but still enjoy seeing them up close and personal. Love our Australian creatures.
Our guide, Mel was magical with so much knowledge to share and a make our time special. She’s a gem.
The art gallery was amazing and between us, all shared an appreciation of the talent of the artists and their work.
We had lunch at #cafenarana which has an extensive menu. My corn fritters were amazing. Portion sizes large and generous as well as tasty. The wraps were enormous and full of fresh produce. Staff serving us were so friendly and delightful. Most thankful for their service.
If you’re visiting, please be respectful about not taking photos in certain areas.
Other things to know:
Disabled friendly.
Toilets on site.
Good car parking.
Cafe Narana offers great snacks and meals.
Entry is free.
Enjoy the gift shop and soak up the fragrances or candles burning throughout #narana .
Thank you to everyone at #narana and meeting Uncle Vince was an absolute bonus. What an amazing man and a character. A gem.
Mel, appreciate the time you spent with us. You are truly an asset to this little bit of utopia.
Written 18 March 2022
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Stephen W
16 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 11 January 2021
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Hi Stephen, We are so glad you enjoyed your experience! Hope to see you back our way soon :)
Written 24 February 2021
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