Bilya Koort Boodja

Centre for Nyoongar culture and environmental knowledge

Bilya Koort Boodja is a bold and beautifully displayed showcase of the region’s Ballardong Nyoongar culture. In a region still bearing the emotional scars of the Stolen Generations, Bilya Koort Boodja has become a beacon of pride and a celebration of culture. The striking modern building sits astride the banks of the Avon River in the heart of the Northam township. You’ll start your journey of discovery with a Welcome to Country, delivered via a mesmerising mix of projected video art, light and sound that evokes the Dreamtime. Continue to immerse yourself in the journey by following the interpreted and interactive displays based on the Nyoognar people's six-seasons calendar. You can touch giant interactive tables on a virtual journey through Ballardong country and admire artefacts made by local Aborigional people in the ways of their ancestors. Sit in a ‘yarning’ circle to see and hear Aboriginal elders sharing their memories. You’ll also hear about ‘sorry business’ and the heart-wrenching tales of the many locals who were taken from their homes as part of the Stolen Generations. You will leave with a whole new understanding of the region’s Aboriginal people, culture and history; and a sense of wonder at the quality of the exhibitions.


Minson Ave
Northam WA 6401

Opening Hours

7 days 9am - 4pm

Community art strengthens bonds

Nyoongar people regard art as an important way to continue to connect to their culture. The Community Arts Network has worked with communities on Ballardong country to help people connect, express...

Weapon holding waiste bands

As the people of Northam gathered in excitement at the upcoming opening of Bilya Koort Boodja, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people began to fashion tools in the ways of Aboriginal ancestors, for...

Kinship moieties - a visual representation

Aboriginal people place kinship at the heart of their culture and have long observed complex kinship systems. A person’s place in the kinship system defines not only their family relationships but...

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