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About Awabakal Country

Awabakal Country is in Australia on the east coast. North of Sydney, it encompasses the modern cities of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and surrounding areas.

  • Working with Schools

    - ON HOLD DURING COVID - Our School Workshops give your children a chance to learn some of the Awabakal Language, the traditional Aboriginal language of the Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Hunter Valley landscapes. The children thoroughly enjoy our interactive lessons.
    Helping community
  • Consultancy services

    Our Awabakal Language & Culture Team are available to assist where possible in matters relating to Awabakal Language & Culture. Our Centre has a research and conservation development program, so we are regularly learning new things about Awabakal language and culture.
    Working with community
  • Tap into our resources

    Learning Awabakal Language is not just about learning our word for 'eyes' or 'tree'. It is also about learning a different way of viewing the world. Our language is a gateway to our culture. Explore our range of Awabakal language resources - books, posters, snap and flash cards.
    National recognition


The Awabakal Language Journey

Who recorded the Awabakal language ? And why is it important ? The word ‘ Awabakal ’ was first recorded in 1892 by John Fraser who reviewed Lancelot Threlkeld’s work and reprinted some of it in ‘Australian Language’. Unfortunately...

Why Healthy Language is Vital – For All of Us

What do we mean by ‘healthy language’? And why is it relevant? With the loss of First Nations’ languages comes a loss of ‘landscape communication’. In other words, connecting with the land...

Special relationship

We are fortunate to have a close relationship with First Languages Australia.

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