Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre is is a Non-For-Profit organisation which provides an Educational & Tourism focussed destination committed to providing a welcome entree to todays’ Indigenous culture. Narana seeks to build understanding of Aboriginal history and culture in a welcoming, friendly and relaxed atmosphere, through personal interaction with groups, and individuals from all community backgrounds.
Celebrating The World’s Oldest Living Culture, Australia’s shared cultural heritage and dual responsibility; Narana encourages Recognition and Respect of Culture helping to create positive models for engagement and important dialogue around issues of National Reconciliation.
“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.
As a division of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress that is the Aboriginal arm of the Uniting Church in Australia. The organisations’ emphasis is on building healthy relationships and developing a shared understanding. The Congress is wholly controlled by Aboriginal people and works with Aboriginal people building self-reliance and a new future. Narana’s is dedicated to providing employment & training pathways for Indigenous Australians and currently 80% of Narana team members identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage.
Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre is located on Wathaurong Country in Grovedale, 10 minutes from Geelong on the way to Torquay, just one hour from Melbourne’s CBD on the doorstep to Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, offering self-guided tours & visitor programs delivered by expert Cultural Interpreters.
Nestled amongst native trees on 16 acres, visitors to the centre are guided by walkways through Native gardens featuring resident birdlife, Emus and Wallabies. Narana’s Cultural Display & Performance building, Art Gallery, Café Narana, Retail Outlet, Adventure Playground and Corroboree Place all feature circular designs elements which are significant in Aboriginal Culture representing meeting places.
Founder Vince Ross' vision was for Narana to be an organisation whose primary purpose was to promote Reconciliation by developing better understanding of Aboriginal Culture through Artwork in a retail setting.
Narana’s mission to engage Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples in Victoria and form partnerships to work together for the total wellbeing of individuals, families and their communities, working for Justice & Reconciliation is ongoing.
Our ethos of “Listening and Learning” helps greater promote understanding of Aboriginal Culture and History.
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Narana won Silver in the 2016 Victorian Tourism Awards in the Aboriginal & Torres Straight Islander Tourism Category.