Gwoonwardu means “where the fresh water meets the sea water”. Gwoonwardu Mia - the Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre has been 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”.
The organisation is owned and operated as a Not for Profit, 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. The five Aboriginal language groups of the Gascoyne region are: Yinggarda, Bayungu, Malgana, Thadgari and Thalanyji. These language groups cover the “country” and the communities of Carnarvon, Exmouth, Coral Bay, Denham/Shark Bay, Gascoyne Junction and the Aboriginal community of Burringurrah in Western Australia’s north west.
Gwoonwardu Mia consists of the national award winning permenant exhbition - Burlganyja Wanggaya - Old People Talking, a gallery shop, a cafe, conference rooms for hire, an Artists in Residency space, an Outdoor Performance Space and Ethnobotanical gardens.
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