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Narana Cultural Centre and Cafe Narana

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by CassandraJoy (subscribe)
I write for Weekend Notes and I take photographs, usually sunsets and sunrises. Occasionally I include my photos in my articles. I like to promote Geelong, and activities around Geelong.
Published May 30th 2014
Narana Cultural Centre, Cafe Narana
Narana Cultural Centre, Cafe Narana

I headed out to Narana Cultural Centre and Cafe Narana on a beautiful autumn day. The sun was out and there was a bit of warmth in the air.

At Cafe Narana I was greeted by the friendly staff, and there was a fire burning, adding a bit of warmth to the dining area. I ordered a "Seven Seeds Coffee" cappucino, a salami and goat's cheese wrap on a bed of rocket, and headed out to dine on the verandah beside the Cafe. The cappucino was amazing, and so was my wrap. One of the staff members bought me out a bottle of water and glass to go with my meal.

Salami and cheese goat wrap, on a bed of rocket leaves
Salami and cheese goat wrap


I was asked to let everybody know that the coffee comes from a company in Melbourne called Seven Seeds. The cappucino was lovely and a great way to finish my meal.

Cappucino at Cafe Narana
Cappucino at Cafe Narana

At the Narana Cultural Centre, you can learn about Aboriginal Culture. Schools bring classes of children to learn about Aboriginal culture.

Gift Shop on right, walkway to Cafe Narana
Gift Shop on right, walkway to Cafe Narana

Arts and Culture programs are delivered by expert staff, who will tell of the wonders of Indigenous use of land, spirituality, laws, cultural designs, Dreaming stories and much more. Narana offers a large range of cultural programs which are developed to suit the interests, ages and educational needs of all visitors to Narana Creations.

The Narana Cultural Centre is nestled amongst native trees. I met the emus, who are quite friendly and will come up to the fence for a chat. The walkway leads from the car park to the art gallery, the gift shop and to the Café Narana. There is a cultural display and performance building as well as an art gallery and a gift shop where genuine, high quality Aboriginal art and craft, books, bush herbs and spices, didgeridoos and boomerangs are available for purchase.

The friendly Narana staff are always ready to share their extensive knowledge of Aboriginal culture and history. Learn to throw a boomerang, play the didgeridoo or take a guided or self-guided tour through all that Narana has to offer.

Café Narana: The café's chef serves up gourmet dishes and native foods. You can dine indoors or outside on the sunny deck. The menu offers a wide range of culinary delights for breakfast and lunch. You can also learn to gather and process native food and medicinal flora as you stroll through their bush-land garden.

Boomerang Throwing
Boomerang Throwing

Boomerang throwing takes place here
Boomerang throwing takes place here

As I wandered out the back of the centre, I found the oval where you can throw boomerangs. I found a few boomerangs that had been thrown by eager young gentlemen a couple of days ago, and the wind had carried them far away from the oval. I had a lovely walk in the bushland at the back of the Narana Cultural Centre. It was very peaceful and it was so nice to find such a lovely bush area to walk in and to just drink in the solitude and quiet.

Bushland behind Narana Cultural Centre
Bushland behind Narana Cultural Centre

The Gallery allows highly talented local artists to exhibit their vibrant new works, plus emerging and established artists from remote communities across Australia.

Glassware in the Gift Shop
Glassware in the Gift Shop

Travel through Geelong on the Princes Highway. Take the Surf Coast Highway towards Torquay, and continue for approximately 5kms. Narana Creations is on the left, 500 metres past the railway line.
Emu at Narana Cultural Centre
Emu at Narana Cultural Centre

Entry to Narana Cultural Centre is free, and presentations can be booked at a moderate price.

Coach parking available on site, easily accessible for disabled visitors.

Closed: Sundays, Good Friday and Christmas Day.
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Why? artifacts display, native garden, didgeridoo playing, boomerang throwing.
When: Monday – Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm (closed weekends).
Phone: 03 5241 5700
Where: 410 Torquay Rd Geelong Victoria 3216
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