The Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre (WACC) is located at 12 Captains Lane, Bathers Beach Art Precinct, Fremantle. The centre is part of the City of Fremantle's Arthur Head activation project.
Throughout the year, a community program of courses and workshops are held at the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre coinciding with the Nyoongar seasons. NAIDOC Week also occurs at the centre in July each year.
- June/July - Makuru (Noongars inland, fertility season and swans moulting)
- August/September Djilba (Grass season and time to harvest root vegetables)
- October/November - Kambarang (Wildflower season and birth of many birds)
- December/January -Birak (Noongar family groups moving together on the coast)
- February/March - Bunuru (Hot season, camped on the coast, fishing and gathering coastal delicacies)
- April/May - Djeran (The fat season, salmon schooling and couples paired up)
Music in this video by Eric Taylor Music.
Trakka smartphone application
The Trakka mobile application provides updates on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural events, dates, significant places and services locally and around Australia. It was developed by Indigenous Consulting Group in collaboration with the City of Fremantle and released in June 2016.
Download the free app by searching ‘Trakka’ from Google Play (Android) and the App Store (iPhone) or by visiting www.trakkaapp.com.au
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held at the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre each year in July. Events included workshops, bushfoods, movie screening, live dancing, aboriginal art, cultural mini-market and acoustic performances.
The Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre offers a comfortable room for hire, ideal for community and local interest groups. The room is available for workshops, meetings, courses or seminars. You are welcome to visit the centre to view the room, however please make an appointment beforehand. For more information on room hire fees and availability, contact the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
The room available to hire includes:
- Theatre style seating for up to 25 people
- TV and DVD player
Throughout 2012 and 2013, extensive community consultation between the City of Fremantle and the local Aboriginal community enabled the development of the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre. The Aboriginal community feedback supported a cultural centre that showcased Aboriginal art, culture and history. A consensus was expressed that a cultural centre should not just be a place of static displays, but provide visitors with interaction and experience with Aboriginal people and culture. Feedback suggested a space where Aboriginal people could provide dance, song, music, storytelling and tours.
The centre was opened on Monday 10 March 2014 and an estimated 300 people attended. Since opening, the centre has successfully run courses and workshops in language, art, mosaics, jewellery, cross cultural awareness.
In the first two seasons, the centre has successfully run courses and workshops in language, art, mosaics, jewellery, cross cultural awareness. During May 2014, local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people took part in a mosaic workshop. One participant commented: "It was really good sitting outside and yarning in the weather and working with the mosaics."
During June 2014, approximately 40 Aboriginal men met at the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre. The centre was a comfortable venue for Aboriginal men to come together and openly speak about health issues.
Opening hours of the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre are seasonal.
Download the Kambarang Program for dates, times and booking information or contact us by phone or email (see below).
Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre
12 Captains Lane
Fremantle WA 6160
T 08 9430 7906