Dreamtime Cultural CentreCurrently Closed
- Address: 705-751 Yaamba Road, Parkhurst QLD 4701, Australia, Rockhampton
- Timings: 09:00 am - 03:30 pm Details
- Phone: +61-749361655
- Ticket Price: 14 AUD
- Tags: Art And Culture, Tour, Walking Area, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Exhibition
Dreamtime Cultural Centre - Review
About 7 kms north of Rockhampton Town lies this exhibition centre dedicated to the history and culture of the aborigines who populated the land before the western world arrived. In short but intense 90 minute tours, you’ll be take over some ancient campsites, archaeological finds and sandstone art of the Aboriginal Australians. And later, they’ll teach you you how to throw a boomerang. And if you’re lucky, they’ll play the didgeridoo for you. “The WHAT?” Never mind. Just go. You’ll know it when you see it.
Dreamtime Cultural Centre Information
- Take the 90 minute tour.
Dreamtime Cultural Centre Ticket Prices
- AUD 7 for children.
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77.46% of people who visit Rockhampton include Dreamtime Cultural Centre in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
47.3% of people start their Dreamtime Cultural Centre visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Dreamtime Cultural Centre
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Dreamtime Cultural Centre
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Dreamtime Cultural Centre, Rockhampton Reviews
Wonderful experience - Wayne the tour guide was excellent 👏👏 - played the didgeridoo professionally & boomerang throwing was also good! Francis - his uncle was Eddie Mabo - gave an informative talk about the history of the Torres Strait 👏👏 Well worth a visit here !!
The DREAMTIME CULTURAL CENTRE is situated on the northern outskirts of Rockhampton on the Bruce Highway, six kilometres from the city. The centre is set on 12 hectares of land which is divided by Limestone Creek. The Rockhampton City Council and the Central Queensland Aboriginal Corporation for Cultural Activities entered into an agreement, which provides long term tenure for the centre. The property is attractively landscaped on the northern side of Limestone Creek with native plants, trees and a large waterfall. The waterfall provides a stunning backdrop for any function, whilst the gardens are part of an interpretive walk available to visitors. It is recognised that the original occupants of the land were the Darambul Tribe. The choice of this particular piece of land is therefore appropriate as it still contains the traditional “ceremonial rings” of the Darambul Tribe. On the 9 April 1988, the former Prime Minister of Australia, The honourable Mr R.J Hawke AC MP, officially opened the DREAMTIME CULTURAL CENTRE. On the 5 November 1988, Mr George Mye MBE officially opened the Torres Strait Islander complex. This complex expanded again in March, 1992 with the opening of the Dugong complex by her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent GCVO on the 1st of March 1992. To the northern side of Limestone Creek is the Centre’s main building, appropriately named the Nola James Building. Nola was Cultural Director of the centre from 1984 to 1993 until her untimely passing. Nola dedicated her life to the presentation of Aboriginal culture and to the introduction and education of all Australians to Indigenous history. In this building there is the: Bimbi Artefacts shop – a retail outlet to purchase authentic Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander artefacts and souvenirs Fully secured storage area for valuable and sacred material Board room and Staff Training area Centre’s Administration 2 Conference facility areas Also on site is the DARAMBUL CONVENTION CENTRE. This building was opened on the 7th of August 1994 by the former Chairperson of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commision, Lois O’Donoghue CBE, AM. This facility is a first class conference venue. Its popularity in the Central Qld area attests to this. North of the main building there is the Ted Mitchell Gallery. Ted, like Nola, was a driving force behind the centre’s completion. This museum presently contains the VANISHING CULTURE OF THE SANDSTONE BELT DISPLAY which depicts a remarkable display of the traditional people of the Central Qld Sandstone Belt and their culture – all presented in 34 metres of reconstructed sandstone caves. Grounds to the south west of the main building feature: The Torres Strait Islander’s Complex includes huts, the giant dugong and plants particular to the Torres Strait The Aboriginal Traditional area with replica burial site, rock art, gunyahs and traditional ceremonial sites of the Darambul people
My 1.5h guided tour through the Dreamtime Cultural Centre just ended and unfortunately I left disappointed. I expected to be given an overview of the aboriginal culture and may be hearing some interesting stories about them. I arrived with interest for the development of the aboriginals, their zenith and also the way they live today. The tour I experienced was neither chronological nor could I orientate somehow else. The guides told the group several things about musican instruments (and also demonstrated on how to play them), boomerang throwing (+ let us throw one ourselves) and the territory where some of them lived. Anyhow to me all pieces of information seemed to be picked randomly and presented in a boring way. In my opinion reading a newspaper article about aboriginals is a better alternative than the tour - altough the guides were friendly and always ready to answer questions.
Informative guides. We enjoyed our visit here
Great Cultural & Conference Centre, very friendly staff & great service.