ancient rock art. culture centre. 

Gariwerd (Aboriginal name for Grampians) is pivotal to many ancient stories by Aboriginal communities in South-Western Victoria.

The region has the largest number of rock art sites in Southern Australia and over 80% of Victoria’s rock art sites, six are open to the public.

You can learn about our region’s unique Aboriginal culture and history at Brambuk – The National Park & Cultural Centre in Halls Gap. The centre’s building is extraordinary, with an undulating roof resembling the sweeping wings of a cockatoo. Surrounded by stunning mountain views, the centre also features a bush food cafe, retail outlet and the Grampians National Park Information Centre. Take time to enjoy an interpreted walk through the native garden, the Gariwerd Dreaming Theatre and Rock Art Tours.

Indigenous Rock Art Shelters

  • Billimina

    Billimina shelter is an impressive rock overhang where Jardwadjali camped from time to time and left many red paintings.

  • Bunjil’s

    Bunjil Shelter is located in the Black Range Scenic Reserve near Stawell and this is the only rockart painting of Bunjil known. It is widely regarded as one of the most significant cultural sites in south eastern Australia.

  • Gulgurn Manja

    Gulgurn Manja (pronounced Gulkurn Manya) meaning ‘hands of young people’, is a rockshelter at the northern tip of Gariwerd.

  • Manja

    Manja (pronounced Manya) meaning ‘hands’, has some of the best examples of hand stencils in Victoria.

  • Ngamadjidj

    Ngamadjidj (pronounced NG as in sing, DJ as in jaw) meaning ‘white person’, is on the western edge of the ranges near a small secluded waterhole.