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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 Koori Mail 27.8.2009

Children in the Newcastle, Lower Hunter and Lake Macquarie areas of NSW are getting an introduction to the local Awabakal language with the launch this month of Lenny and the Big Red Kinan.

The book aimed at kindergarten, primary and pre-school students, was launched by Arwarbukarl Cultural Resource Association (ACRA) in Newcastle.

It follows main character young Lenny as he takes a walk through the bush collecting insects, giving students a chance to learn the Awabakal words for things like stick, centipede and bag.

Eight years in the making, ACRA has already recieved more than 65 orders for the book.

It is part of a growing collective resource kit including colouring book, snap and flash cards, posters, activity book and picture dictionary.

ACRA also provides follow-up, with language worker Jacqui Allen visiting participating schools and helping teaching staff implement and effectively utilise the resources.

She also provides practical assistance in the form of pronounciation of the Awabakal language.

The book is a first in a series of resources planned in order to reclaim, preserve and disseminate the Awabakal traditional language.

ACRA manager Daryn McKenny was excited about what the book would mean to the revival of the Awabakal language and future projects, including other school resources featuring the body and relationships.

Special relationship

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

We are funded by