Melbourne Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre & Experience
Available year round
Suitable for all ages
Meet emus, kangaroos, and wallabies
Experience the world’s oldest living culture firsthand in a greenery-filled haven with a free self-guided tour or a guided tour with our expert cultural interpreters. Participate in a variety of fascinating traditional activities and say hello to a kangaroo!
Learn to throw a returning boomerang
See emus, wallabies, and kangaroos
Learn about the Dreamtime
Close to Melbourne’s central business district
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AUD adult $50, child $35
410 SurfCoast Hwy, Grovedale VIC 3217
Year round, Monday – Saturday
Maximum 30 | Minimum 7
What to bring:
Water bottle, comfortable walking shoes, camera, snacks
Good to know:
This tour can be booked privately, and can be tailored to meet the needs and interests of any group. Contact us to enquire about private tour.
Get a Taste of the World’s Oldest Living Culture
Nestled amongst native trees, resident wildlife, and a tranquil garden will you find our retreat at Narana. “Narana” means listening and learning; it refers to a deep listening in which you take in and live out. This concept of listening and learning for life is the bedrock of Narana’s mission to be a destination for cultural education and tourism activities promoting a greater understanding of Aboriginal culture and history.
Cultural education programs at Narana are delivered by expert staff who will fill your mind with the wonders of Australia’s indigenous culture, connection to the land, spirituality, laws, cultural designs, dreaming stories, and more. Conducted in the cultural education exhibition building, you will be able to listen and learn about ancient dreaming stories as well as connection to “country” through songlines, artwork, cultural artefacts, and bush tucker.
Be sure to visit Narana’s art gallery — there, they exhibit and sell artwork from internationally acclaimed as well as emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait artists to suit all budgets. If you are still looking for gifts, the retail outlet stocks a large range of handmade cultural items, including boomerangs, didgeridoos, clothing, accessories, homewares, health and beauty products, bush herbs, spices, and souvenirs. Pick up a memorable gift for a friend or loved one back home so that they can share the experience as well.
Café Narana serves an extensive breakfast and lunch menu, featuring dishes inspired by native ingredients and indigenous flowers. It’s a perfect spot to fuel up before or after your visit.
Visiting us at Narana is much more than listening to lectures and looking at art; it’s a fantastic chance to get up close to emus, wallabies, and kangaroos! Painting your own boomerang and then learning how to throw it is also a complete must when visiting Narana. Our resident experts will teach you about bush tucker and the native medicinal plants in our garden.