Western Cape Cultural Centre - Achimbun
Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the region at the Western Cape Cultural Centre. The centre is a unique and engaging attraction for the local community and visitors.
The Cultural Centre showcases the history of Weipa and its surrounding communities. It plays an important role in preserving traditional language and culture from the region, through its informative displays and artwork.
In 2012, the Cultural Centre was refurbished following a $250,000 investment from Rio Tinto. Many of the displays were restored, enhancing the value it brings to the community. In late 2016, the Cultural Centre was purchased by the Western Cape Communities Trust and is now owned and managed by the 11 Traditional Owner Groups who are signatories to the Western Cape Communities Coexistence Agreement.
The Cultural Centre has been very popular since reopening in 2012, in part because of its beautiful location overlooking the Embley River. Outdoor seating and a large grassy area is available making it a great place to enjoy a coffee with friends.
Traditional Owners and the wider community see the Cultural Centre as a valuable community asset and local attraction. The WCCT is planning a major refurbishment of the Cultural Centre and surrounding area. This will develop the area into a major cultural precinct, which will include the Cultural Centre with a food outlet and retail store, an Aboriginal Arts Centre, Cultural Park with a new stage for cultural events particularly dancing, and BBQs, seating and shade areas in the park. Throughout the Cultural Precinct “Bush Food” and “Bush Medicines” will be planted.
The development of the Achimbun Cultural Precinct will be an area for all Australians and will seek to join with other tourist operators to present a unique Aboriginal Cultural experience.
Admission to the centre is free
As well as coffee, light refreshments are available for purchase, as well as original artworks created by Traditional Owners located in the gallery.