Eyre Peninsula Visitor Guide : 2016-2017 Eyre Peninsula Visitor Guide
indigenous tourism | exploreeyrepeninsula.com.au 11 Indigenous TOURISM Eyre Peninsula is a fantastic place to experience Indigenous culture first-hand. Aboriginal people have occupied this land continuously for many thousands of years and continue to act as its custodians. At the time of European settlement there were many groups living across this vast territory, the best-known group being the Nauo (south-western Eyre), Barngarla (eastern Eyre), Wirangu (north-western Eyre) and Mirning (far-western Eyre). These tribes were highly adept at living off the land and had a deep knowledge of plants and animals. The Indigenous Tourism Trail has been developed to introduce visitors to this cultural heritage. The self-guided trail stretches from Poonindie near Port Lincoln to the head of the Great Australian Bight; the journey can be tackled in either direction. The Poonindie Mission near Port Lincoln was opened in 1850 and the original church still remains. Port Lincoln’s Kuju Aboriginal Arts and the Ceduna Aboriginal Arts & Culture Centre showcase original Aboriginal art by local artists. The Far West Languages Centre promotes the traditional Aboriginal languages of the region. The Scotdesco and Koonibba communities are two other interesting places. At Koonibba, visitors will find an enchanting waterhole and the historic ‘Church of Our Redeemer’, while Scotdesco is the home of the much- photographed Big Wombat sculpture. The Indigenous Tourism Trail concludes at Head of Bight, an area of great natural beauty. For more information, visit www.exploreeyrepeninsula.com.au Corner Eyre Highway and Kuhlmann Street, Ceduna PO Box 520, Ceduna SA 5690 Ph: (08) 8625 2487 Fax: (08) 8625 2755 www.tjutjunaarts.com.au CEDUNA ABORIGINAL ARTS & CULTURE CENTRE Open Weekdays 9am–5pm See our diverse range of quality Aboriginal artwork from the far west region of South Australia. Bernadette’s Café open Tuesday–Friday 10am–2pm. Enjoy light refreshments while you watch artists at work in the studio. Mixed media art supplies also available for purchase. Jidirah the Whale & Gamba the Snake by Verna Lawrie 5 MUST DO EXPERIENCES Ceduna Aboriginal Arts & Culture Centre Visit this Aboriginal-owned studio and gallery specialising in artists from the Far West Coast region. Yalata Head of Bight Watch the annual whale migration and discover the natural wonder of the Nullarbor Cliffs, located next to the Yalata Indigenous Protected Area. Visitors will find excellent camping and surf fishing. Kuju Aboriginal Arts This Aboriginal-owned centre showcases Aboriginal art from Port Lincoln and the Wangka Wilurrara region. Silk paintings, canvas and smaller craft items are available for purchase. Scotdesco This is a small Aboriginal community on the Eyre Highway, 25 kilometres west of Penong. Visitors can meet members of the community, have a coffee and visit the artist workshop. Poonindie Heritage Site Founded as an Aboriginal mission in 1850, the Poonindie Christian village has been restored and now includes a bakehouse, schoolroom and original stone church.