Connect with Ancient Cultural traditions

Educational Cultural Connection Camps

Surrounded by red ochre in ancient breakaway country, Nowanup is a place of healing. A place for cultural and ecological restoration where people from diverse backgrounds are welcomed to come together in country.

To be immersed within ancient cultural traditions and connect back to boodja.
We offer a range of Cultural Connections camps for groups to come, be in country, and participate in this story of healing.

See country through Noongar ways of being

An immersive and transformational experience, students who visit Nowanup begin to see country through Noongar ways of being, doing and knowing.

Listening to the stories and wisdom of Elders, learning Noongar language whilst being in a landscape that was once degraded farmland and is now a thriving and diverse ecological habitat. With opportunities to experience places of cultural significance sharing, feeling and connecting to the essence of a living culture and rich heritage.

Giving thanks to the boodja(land), students are able to gather bushfoods and participate in a cook up to experience some of the unique local superfoods.
Guided by local crafts people students have the opportunity to handcraft spears, digging and tapping sticks that have been sourced from local materials to take home.

Evening reflections shared under the stars, reconnecting to the ancient art of storytelling around the fire, opens the space for deep learning leaving the impression of a lifetime.


Guided by Elders, camps can be tailored to meet the needs of your group and cultural educational materials are available. Activities and itinerary depend on the intention of the camp as well as the number, gender and age of participants.

Organisation Cultural Connection Camps

Develop cultural responsiveness in the workplace

Spending time out in country, breathing fresh air, immersed in the healing and thriving Goreng Noongar Boodja offers a holding space for sharing and connecting.
Sitting in healing Mia Mias that have been constructed using steel and natural materials tell the story of two different people coming together and working together; a story of (re)conciliation action in place.
A day at Nowanup begins with a chorus of birdsong that is unique to the area. Walking trails winding through the ancient breakaway mesas with views to the Stirling Ranges, immerse visitors in one of the most diverse hotspots for eucalypt species in Australia.
The healing huts and meeting place offer spaces for meetings, sharing and activities that foster reflection and connection in groups.
The opportunity to yarn with, ask questions and listen to local Noongar people develops our understanding towards ways that organisations can develop cultural responsiveness in the workplace by cultivating ways of listening and working together.



We can work with your organisation to identify what activities and style of camp is most suitable to the needs of your group.

Healing Cultural Connections Camps

Healing Country and Healing People is what Uncle Eugene Eades and his team are passionate about.
Nowanup Noongar Boodja tells a story of ecological restoration and cultural restoration. Spending time surrounded in country that has been brought back to life through the foresight and care of custodians; nurtures and nourishes the koort (heart), kaat (head) and wiirn (spirit).
Waking up to a chorus of birdsong in the morning, sharing the walking trails with wietj (emu) and yonga (kangaroo); wildlife has returned to sing and thrive within the restored bushland.
As Uncle Eugene reminds us, “If we heal the country, the country will heal us”. Healing huts or Mia Mias, hold safe places for sharing and reconnecting. Spending time at Nowanup has been described as ‘knowing you’re part of something bigger” a part of sacred country that was once tangled up, drought stricken and in a mess, is now healthy and thriving, growing stronger everyday.


We are keen to hear from you and work with you on a model of healing that will suit your group. Healing camps depend on the cultural background, number, age, gender and needs of the group.
Uncle Eugene Eades has developed a healing framework connected to country that follows the walking trails and healing huts offering a right of passage at each stage; we can work with this to suit your group.


Facilities include a communal kitchen in a large shed with a dining area. Cooking can also be done outside on a campfire or bbq.
There are healing Mia Mias that provide spaces for gathering, healing and learning.
Standard accommodation is camping with groups bringing their own gear.
Beds can be available in the Eco Tent (double bed and single bed) and in the shed (2 bunk beds, 4 single beds).
There are 2 flushing toilets and 2 showers with hot water.


Nowanup is located between the Stirling Range and Fitzgerald River National Park about an hour and a half east of Albany and 450kms from Perth.
Traveling to Nowanup is part of the experience and it is valuable to notice the changes that you see and feel as you travel through different Noongar regions into Goreng Noongar Boodja.

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The Region

Nowanup is situated in Goreng Noongar Boodja. Only 48kms from the small town Ongerup, the name which is derived from the Noongar word ‘Yonga’ for Kangaroo and ‘Up’ which means Place of the Kangaroo.

The region is also known for the Mallefowl or Noongar word ‘Gnow’ and is where Nowanup gets its name from meaning the Place of the Mallefowl.

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