Brambuk Cultural Centre

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Brambuk Cultural Centre information

Halls Gap , Australia
Street Grampians Tourist Rd
+61 3 5361 4000
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Opening hours
9am-5pm; cafe 9am-4pm
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Your first stop should be the superb cultural centre at Brambuk, 2.5km south of Halls Gap. The building itself is a striking design that combines timeless Aboriginal motifs with contemporary design and building materials. Its flowing orange roof represents the open wings of the cockatoo, as well as referencing the peaks of the Grampians. Run by five Koori communities in conjunction with Parks Victoria, the centre offers insights into local culture and history through Koori stories, art, music, dance, weapons, tools and photographs

The Gariwerd Dreaming Theatre shows hourly films explaining Dreamtime stories of Gariwerd and the creation story of Bunjil. The ceiling here represents the southern right whale (totem of the Gunditjmara people). There’s an art room where kids can try their hand at indigenous painting ($3 for a message stone, $7 for a boomerang), and holiday programs are organised. Planted outside are native plants used for food and medicine.

In a separate building – where you first enter the complex – is the Parks Victoria office where rangers can advise on walks and sell camping permits. Also here are interesting educational displays covering the natural features and the history of the Grampians, a souvenir shop and Brambuk Bush Tucker Café with a lovely deck overlooking the gardens.