Living Kaurna Cultural Centre

The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre
Warriparinga Way (Off Sturt Road), Bedford Park SA 5042
Phone: 8357 5900
Open: Monday to Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm

Over eons of time, the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains have gathered at Warriparinga. The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre was built here to ensure that Kaurna culture, and the Dreaming Story of the Land, is passed on from generation to generation.

Purruna Kaurna Munaintya Wardli

"Yaintya trrukungka ngadlu, Kaurna miyurna, ngadluku pirrku yarta-unangku warrapanthi. Ngadlu kumangka tuwilila manku-mankurrinthi Munaintya purruti-apiti purtititya. In this centre we, Kaurna people, tell our stories from the land. We assemble together in the spirit in order to celebrate renewal of the Dreaming."

Visiting the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre

Visitors from the wider community and tourists are welcome to come and learn about Kaurna culture and share in the special environment of peace that exists at Warriparinga.

All visitors are invited here in a spirit of humanity, and are asked to be respectful when they visit the Centre.

The main aims of the Centre are to:

  • Assist Kaurna people to develop a sustainable future
  • Conserve and renew Kaurna culture and heritage, as well as conserving the
    European heritage of the site
  • Provide an indigenous cultural tourism experience
  • Provide education and training for indigenous and non-indigenous people
  • Promote conciliation between Kaurna, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities
  • Exhibit locally hand crafted aboriginal gifts and artwork

The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre offers:

  • Group tours of the Warriparinga area, with Kaurna cultural guides
  • Educational programs for schools
  • Kaurna heritage display
  • Art/exhibition space
  • Meeting/functions space and catering facilities
  • Kaurna arts and cultural workshops, performances and events

School groups can participate in cultural tours, dance, art experiences (bookings essential).

The main function room can host a maximum of 30 people seating and is ideal for meetings and workshops.  

The State Heritage listed Fairford House, coach-house, gardens and remaining vineyards on the site also provide a link with the early years of European settlement.

Fairford House has a meeting room that can be hired out for meetings. The room will seat up to 14 people comfortably in a board room style.

Contact the centre for further information on a range of tours, venue hire and special events.

Map of Warriparinga Wetlands

Warriparinga Wetlands Map

"Ngadlu Kaurna meyunna, kumarta yaitya meyunna, pinde meyunna kuma, banba-banbalyarnendi yerra tampirendi. Ngadlu yaitya meyunna, pinde meyunna banba-banbalyarnendi yerra tampirendi, nguya nguya wondatitya. Nepungga ngadlu marra yunggondi. Tindogadlangga ngadlu paltitya taikurringga bilyorningga budnandi.

We Kaurna people and other Indigenous peoples meet together here and recognise each other. We Indigenous people and non-Indigenous people meet together in order to lay aside the wrongs of the past, and recognise each other. We give our hand in friendship. We come together in peace for the palti (dance/ceremony), under the sun."

What is 'Conciliation'?

For the Kaurna people who initiated this project, 'conciliation' is a more appropriate term that 'reconciliation'.

Conciliation is a process which involves Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people walking together for the first time as genuinely equal partners in a shared future. 

If you would like to find out more about reconciliation, the Reconciliation Australia website or the ANTaR website (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation) are good places to start.