'Narana is a not-for-profit organisation which provides an educational and tourism focussed destination committed to offering a welcoming introduction to today's’ Indigenous culture. Narana seeks to build an understanding of Aboriginal histories 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 heritage and dual responsibilities, Narana encourages reconciliation and respect of culture through helping to create positive models for engagement and important dialogue around issues of National Reconciliation.
The word “Narana”, means to deeply listen and understand, in which you take in and give out. It is this concept of listening and understanding which underpins Narana’s mission to be a destination for cultural education and tourism activities.
1993 – founder, Uncle Vince Ross, rented an office and began life as ‘Narana Creations’ in a retail outlet shop in Geelong CBD.
1996 – purchase of the current site at Charlemont in December which was farming lands.
1997 – addition to the building which sees the development of our current café.
1998 – site continues to develop, creating wetlands ecosystem, cultural display building and art shed. The site also opens to the public and becomes a cultural visitor center.
2000 – Narana becomes a Victorian tourism hall of fame member as the 3-time gold award winner.
2006 – Narana held a music event called ‘NaranaFest’ which featured artists like Xavier Rudd.
2014 – café opened, a playground built, art gallery opens, emus were born.
2016 – wallabies arrive at Narana and claims silver in the Victorian tourism awards.
Uncle Vince Ross (Founder)