Signal Point Experience Centre, Goolwa

Signal Point Experience Centre, Goolwa

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Posted 2024-02-26 by Karen Rossfollow
Goolwa's historic wharf precinct is undergoing a major revitalisation involving building works, landscaping, wharf construction and major civil works. Stage One of this gargantuan project has focussed on the iconic Signal Point building. A comprehensive roof replacement, the setup of new temperature control systems, and painting are underway. The upper level at Signal Point will remain dedicated to an Art Space, the lower level, however, is being transformed into a captivating, multi-sensory 'experience centre' to be called Yuntulun Ku:li-war which translates from the local Ngarrindjeri language as 'Coming together on the headland’.



The centre is due to open and there's something here for everyone. It is designed to share the history, stories and significance of the place and offers visitors the opportunity to gain a deeper understandings of this unique area.



In close consultation with Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority Team and with the involvement of local, Indigenous artists, historians and language consultants this exciting project focuses on three strands: First Nations, Environment and Colonial History.

There are stories, presented in various formats, focussing on each of the strands, and a wealth of captivating information suitable for all ages, from young to old, aimed at enhancing understanding.



Here we can learn about both ancient and modern languages and cultures, exploring their interconnections as well as insights into the local flora, fauna, and a few local personalities.



The importance of the river is emphasised from both environmental and historical perspectives, showcasing its role in transportation and trade throughout the years.



Past droughts and the possibilities of more in the future are evidenced to raise awareness.



There are timelines, storyboards, digital books and video snippets all contributing to a dynamic and interactive learning experience.



A dedicated website offers downloadable materials for educators and for students of all ages.



Visitors are encouraged to download an app, known as Eyejack, which adds another dimension to the display in the form of animations and sound.



In addition to the ubiquitous screens, this display offers multi-sensory experiences including touch and smell.



It's a celebration of all we hold dear in and around Goolwa, including traditional dancing, weaving and, of course, our famous Cockles .





The display is located on the bottom level of the newly refurbished Signal Point building with access to the upper level which continues to serve as an exhibition space for local and interstate artists. There's a coffee shop/wine bar also on-site, in other words, there's plenty on offer at Signal Point to keep us fully entertained.



The building overlooks the historic Goolwa Wharf and the iconic bridge to Hindmarsh Island. It's open 10am-4pm during summer months and it's free to visit.



For further information: Wharf Project

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