Hunting For History at the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Located just 1km (or a 15-minute walk) from the Cooinda resort in Kakadu, the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre is a must-visit for anyone looking to learn more about the history and heritage of the region. Set amongst spectacular natural scenery that includes native plants, trees, and animals, the centre forms a hub of Aboriginal activity, where you can discover ancient rituals and spiritual stories in a beautiful setting.

Inside, the collection of displays illustrate a number of important stories that the surrounding Aboriginal people have chosen to exhibit and share with visitors. As well as personal histories and age-old artefacts, there are a number of contemporary, interactive exhibits, too, including video segments and multimedia offerings.

The centre itself is named after Warradjan, the pig-nosed turtle, and provides visitors with the chance to get an insight into the Aboriginal tribes who have lived in Kakadu and the surrounding regions for thousands and thousands of years.

Our Land is Our Life

One of the major exhibits, ‘Our Land is Our Life’, covers the hunting techniques used by the Aboriginal people in the region in different seasons. As well as being able to see the tools and videos showing the activity in action, you can also learn about the history of the park as well as the blood-lines and marriage rights of the local people.

To top it off, there are tribal elder stories that are woven into the history and a selection of stunning displays to keep you occupied.

Come Look and Feel Our Culture

In another part of the centre, the gallery ‘Come Look and Feel Our Culture’ gives you the opportunity to understand the Warradjan Centrehistory and plights of traditional land owners in the region.

Elsewhere, you can marvel at the numerous displays of local Bininj Culture, and explore a selection of beautiful handmade arts and crafts from the Kakadu, Arnhem Land, and Katherine regions, which you can simply browse or buy as a souvenir.

In the gallery shop at the end of the centre you can pick up a present or two, all of which have been handmade and produced by local artists in the area. Things like didgeridoos, paintings, books, and cards all offer the perfect souvenir for friends and family back home.

If you really want to get under the skin of the region and find out how it came to be the way it is today, the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre is the ideal place to start. Book our Kakadu tours online today!