Bilya Koort Boodja

In a land brimming with Indigenous history, the wonderful Bilya Koort Boodja in Northam, is a great spot to learn more and delve a little deeper into the Dreamtime. Translating as “River, Heart, Land” in the local Noongar language, the Bilya Koort Boodja Cultural Centre is home to a beautifully curated and very interactive museum. Sitting in Ballardong Noongar country, the cultural centre is found by the banks of the Avon River.

Bilya Koort Boodja

Before you enter the museum, you’ll be given an audio device, which can be used to scan the displays and a voiceover will explain the display in more detail.

Bilya Koort Boodja

First, you’ll sit in a room with a video welcome to country, with traditional dancers decorated in ceremonial ochre designs. 

The main room of the museum focuses on the 6 Noongar seasons.

Bilya Koort Boodja

You’ll learn how the local Ballardong people used the seasons to forage and hunt for food.

Bilya Koort Boodja

You can find examples of the bush food that they ate and touch the tools that they used – like the boomerang! 

Bilya Koort Boodja

The audio devices are a great learning tool for children and they can learn a traditional song and the pronunciation of Noongar words too. Just find the icons and point! 

Bilya Koort Boodja

There are interactive displays for the kids, including a drawer of “touchable” items such as kangaroo furs and emu eggs.

Bilya Koort Boodja

Kids will especially like the giant touchscreen table showing the Waakal (rainbow serpent) moving down the river.

Bilya Koort Boodja

The center of the museum is dedicated to moving stories about the stolen generation.

Bilya Koort Boodja

This includes a yarning circle that features three people chatting on large TV screens. Sitting as part of the circle, you feel as if you are part of the conversation.

Bilya Koort Boodja

Afterwards, take a browse around the gift shop.

Bilya Koort Boodja

Near to the museum is a fenced playground and water play area. 

Bilya Koort Boodja

Be sure to take a walk across the Avon River suspension bridge too. 

Bilya Koort Boodja

Bilya Koort Boodja Cultural Centre is a thought-provoking addition to the Avon Valley region. The museum is well worth a visit, fascinating displays are so well executed and you’re sure to learn something new.

Bilya Koort Boodja

Find Bilya Koort Boodja Cultural Centre at 2 Grey Street, Northam.

Get more info on their website www.bilyakoortboodja.com

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Amanda Carlin has her own food and travel blog. Established in 2013, "The Chef, His Wife and Their Perth-fect Life" has enjoyed an exciting name change in 2021, as "The Chef's Ex-wife" embarks on new adventures with Simply PERTHfect. Amanda loves getting out and about in Perth and WA, as well as brunching, tapas or something a little fancy in equal measures. With her son "Little Chef" in tow, Amanda always has plenty of family friendly eating options to recommend too! Be sure to check out Simply PERTHfect.

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