The Wardan Centre


Situated on a stunning block of bush, the Wardan Centre was established by the Wardandi community as a place to share their unique culture with guests, school groups as well as Aboriginal people from other regions, in an attempt to improve reconciliation and understanding with the broader community. The centre is located only three hours from Perth, 40 minutes travel time from Margaret River, 30 minutes from Busselton and six kilometres from Yallingup.

Contact Details:

Email:

Web: http://www.wardan.com.au/

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Address:

The Wardan Centre
Injidup Springs Road
PO Box 30 Yallingup
WA 6282

Phone: (08) 9756 6566

Opening hours:

Summer Opening Times – 15th October – 15th March
Gallery/Shop and Interpetive Centre open 10.00am until 4.00pm 7 days a week
Tours operate Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

Winter Opening Times – 15th March – 15th June & 15th August – 15th October
Gallery/Shop and Interpetive Centre open 10.00am until 4.00pm (Closed Tuesday & Saturday)
Tours operate Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

Winter Closure
Wardan Aboriginal Centre is closed 15th June – 15th August

Aboriginal communities have existed in Margaret River for over 55,000 years. With the opening of the Wardan Centre in 1991, their existence along the popular ridge of land was officially recognised for the first time. The Wardani community, which is the traditional owner of much of the land in Margaret River region, has chosen to share certain interesting aspects of their experiences and culture through this centre. This community was in need of a place for their culture to survive. Hopefully, through a facility like the Wardan Centre, their traditions and history will always be preserved.

The Wardan Centre offers a range of activities that have been designed to promote a better understanding of the social, environmental and historical issues facing Australians. These activities include tool making using natural resources; a one kilometre walking trail enhanced by medicine and bush tucker plants; throwing of boomerangs and spears; face painting; art; interactive stories; music and dance.

Price and things to do

Whilst visiting the Wardan Centre, you can also join one of the tours that are available. Ranging from AUD $15 to $25 in price, these tours offer:

  • ¬†an opportunity to visit historic and sacred Aboriginal sites accompanied by an Aboriginal guide;
  • learn how to throw a boomerang and spear,
  • craft a stone tool and
  • discover lots of interesting facts about the bush with story telling.

The Wardan Centre has gained popularity for its extensive range of artworks and is an excellent place to visit or shop for authentic art and crafts. The Art Gallery showcases and sells the artworks of the Wardandi community and South West Noongar as well as visiting exhibitions and displays from the North West.

The Wardan Centre offers guests a range of facilities including

  • An Interpretive Centre providing a walk through experience with a range of activities and timeline stories wall;
  • rammed earth rooms for indoor activities;
  • covered outdoor area for workshops
  • ample car parking;
  • disabled access and
  • a picnic area.

If you are someone interested in knowing about Australian Aboriginal communities, make sure to pay a visit to this place.

About Benji

I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.

Comments

  1. Hi Yvette. I love what you are saying here about connecting with yourself and learning another culture. We are very fortunate to have the Wardan Center as you really do have the opportunity to connect with their culture. I highly recommend everyone goes here and takes part in a workshop. As you say it is an experience you will always remember.

  2. What a wonderful experience I had along with my partner, we went for a womens “secret Buisness” weekend, the experience with other woman was amazing. the inner peace that I left with was undescribable, the Wardandi ladies touched my very soul, they passed information to me that I still think about, long after the course had finished. Culture needs to be taught in our schools …. not other languages … we need our children to experience and be taught history, it is only then that we and future generations will have an appreciation of where we came from.
    I am so very lucky to have had this experience and have gain knowledge and friends along with understanding. What a privledge it is to have the cultural centre here, to pass on a generation of a familys secrets so willingly and openly, giving invaluable “teachings”.

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