In local Yinggarda language Gwoonwardu means “where fresh water and salt water meet”.
Gwoonwardu Mia - the Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre was constructed in Carnarvon with the vision of establishing "a common meeting place for the people of the Gascoyne Region where lives are enriched, Aboriginal culture is recognized and celebrated, quality employment and business enterprises operate and where youth are actively engaged in creating their own future”.
Gwoonwardu Mia is situated on Yinggarda country and supports and represents the five Aboriginal language groups of the Gascoyne region, these groups are: Yinggarda, Bayungu, Malgana, Thadgari and Thalanyji. These language groups cover the communities of Carnarvon, Exmouth, Coral Bay, Denham/Shark Bay, Gascoyne Junction and the Aboriginal community of Burringurrah in Western Australia’s north west.
The organisation is owned and operated as a Not for Profit, with an incorporated Board of Management and supported culturally by an Indigenous Reference Group with key elders or representatives from each of the five language groups of the region.
Gwoonwardu Mia also houses a national award winning permenant interactive museum exhbition - Burlganyja Wanggaya - Old People Talking, and a gallery and shop, a cafe, conference rooms which are for hire, an Artists in Residency space, an Outdoor Performance Space and an Ethnobotanical gardens.
a. Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8.30AM – 4PM
b. Entry fees only apply to the permanent museum exhibition - Burlganyja Wanggaya - Old People Talking. Cost $5.50 per person or free if under 12 years of age
Gwoonwardu Mia is located on Robinson St in Carnarvon (turn left at the Caltex on the North West Coastal Highway when you get to Carnaron). Carnarvon is 900km north of Perth.
Hours of Business and Entry Fees
Open Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm
Entry fees only apply to the permanent exhibition - Burlganyja Wanggaya - Old People Talking