Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre is named after Brambuk the
white cockatoo. The centre is situated in Gariwerd, the local
name of the Grampians National Park. Brambuk offers the visitor
a cultural experience unique to the Kirrae Whurong, Goolum Goolum,
Gunditjmara and Kerap Jmara people of the Western district and
Brambuk plays an important role in educating the community through
it's cultural displays, workshops, activities and training. In
this way, Brambuk contributes to the process of reconciliation
and a greater understanding for all Australians.
regard the location of the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre
as a special place. They believe that the outline of Bunjil, lying
on his back, can be seen in the rock formations of the range to
the east of the cultural centre. The undulating roof line makes
reference to both Gariwerd's peaks and the shape of the Djab wurrung's
and Jardwadjali's totemic symbol, the cockatoo.
Experience a multimedia presentation of Koorie creation
stories of the Gariwerd region.
Learn about the Koorie people of the area
Koorie staff demonstrate didgeridoo playing
Rock Art Excursions
Most of Victoria's rock art sites are found in Gariwerd
Walk along a nature trail and learn about traditional bush tucker
plants where visitors are invited to have a taste.
Listen to Koorie cultural stories, the haunting sounds of the
didgeridoo and other musical instruments. Relax to or join in
the Koorie dancing.
School kits are available for students and teachers at both primary
and secondary levels.
Brambuk offers educational and holiday programs including boomerang
demonstrations, didgeridoo playing and Koorie dancing.
What does 'Brambuk' mean?
There are two meanings:
1. Bram is an abbreviation of the legendary heroes, the Bram-bram-bult
brothers, known throughout the area; Buk means 'belonging to'.
2. Brambuk is the Koorie word for white cockatoo, the totem of
Who are the owners of Brambuk?
Five Koorie communities from South West Victoria region. They
The Framligham Aboriginal Trust -
Kirrae Whurong Community
Horsham Aboriginal Cooperative - Goolum
Warrnambool Aboriginal Cooperative - Gunditjmara
Aboriginal Elders Cooperative - Lake Condah
Portland, Heywood and Hamilton - form
the Kerrup Jmara Communities
How does the building
represent the Communities?
As you make your way around the building, look for the letters
which correspond with the description below.
Br - Bricks
The mud clay bricks on your right as you enter the building is
a reminder of the Ebenezer Mission at Antwerp and represents the
Goolum Goolum Community.
S - Stonework
The stonework on the chimney and the watertraps outside the building
represent the stonehouses and fishtraps of Lake Condah.
W - Whale
The theatre room ceiling represents the Southern Right Whale (the
totem of the Gunditjmara people), with the central beam as the
backbone and the rafters as the rib cage.
P - Poles
Framligham is a forest area situated on the Hopkins River. It
is represented by the bark poles that hold up the building.
R - Ramp
The walkway to the cafe is the eel dreaming and represents the
Aboriginal Elders Cooperative.
T - Totem
The building is shaped in the form of the Cockatoo, at the front
the beak. the back the tail and the sides the wing span.
C - Circles
The building is made up of five circles to represent the five
S - Shelters
The fireplaces represent the occupation and art shelters found
in this area.
Bu - Bunjil's
The wooden seat represents Bunjil, with his arms out caring for
you, as you sit looking into the fire. Bunjil is the creator spirit
of the Aboriginal people of Victoria.
G - Garden
Our garden represents the plants found in the five communities.
There are 6000 plants, many form part of the food chain.
The Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre
more information on Aboriginal Heritage:
in the Gariwerd Area
Yardwadjali and Djap Wurrung Story
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Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
Roach at Brambuk's reception.
and poles at ground level.
Along the winding staircase to the cafe.