The Grampians – Part 2 – Brambuk Living Cultural Centre

Located in Halls Gap, in the heart of the Grampians (Gariwerd) is the Brambuk Living Cultural Centre.  It would be a pity to visit the area and not take the time to have a look at it.

From the car park, you approach the building where information on the Park can be found, and tourist items purchased, and there’s also a coffee shop providing wattleseed cakes and coffee – a real treat and taste of aussie cuisine 🙂

When I visited, I found a couple of women in wheelchairs admiring the new all-terrain chair that with a volunteer, can assist in taking people to places they’d otherwise be prevented from visiting.  Isn’t it wonderful when people put their minds into designing something as useful as this?!  🙂

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWalk through the first building to the next set of doors, and outside under shelter, there’s a great display providing information on the various aspects of Gariwerd.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABetween this area and the next building is what I see as a meeting place.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt would have been nice to sit there, but unfortunately it was somewhat raining……

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALooking back at the Information centre.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the building that really captured my imagination!  There’s absolutely nothing square about it!

“Brambuk, meaning “white cockatoo” is a place where visitors can experience, through the building, the richness of Aboriginal culture. The $1million project was funded by the Victorian State Government and developed over some ten years by a committee comprising five Aboriginal communities from the western district of Victoria and other tourism and government bodies. The 800m2, two storey building is located in the valley between Baronia Peak and the Wonderland Range, south of Halls Gap in the Grampians National Park – the richest site for Aboriginal art and artifacts in Victoria.”

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The rain falls onto the roof, then runs down the gutters into ponds, and I could hear the frogs very happily croaking away when I walked past on my way inside.  Unfortunately, no photography was allowed inside the building.  There is however, much to learn about Aboriginal culture and history, presented in an excellent manner through various displays and media.

In the area adjacent to the buildings are plenty of places to observe Nature, with Wetlands, and birds aplenty.  All easily accessible to all!  Go and enjoy it 🙂

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