Dreamtime Cultural Centre
The DREAMTIME CULTURAL CENTRE is situated on the northern outskirts of Rockhampton on the Bruce Highway, six kilometres from the city. The centre is set on 12 hectares of land which is divided by Limestone Creek.
The Rockhampton City Council and the Central Queensland Aboriginal Corporation for Cultural Activities entered into an agreement, which provides long term tenure for the centre.
The property is attractively landscaped on the northern side of Limestone Creek with native plants, trees and a large waterfall. The waterfall provides a stunning backdrop for any function, whilst the gardens are part of an interpretive walk available to visitors.
It is recognised that the original occupants of the land were the Darambul Tribe. The choice of this particular piece of land is therefore appropriate as it still contains the traditional “ceremonial rings” of the Darambul Tribe.
On the 9 April 1988, the former Prime Minister of Australia, The honourable Mr R.J Hawke AC MP, officially opened the DREAMTIME CULTURAL CENTRE.
On the 5 November 1988, Mr George Mye MBE officially opened the Torres Strait Islander complex. This complex expanded again in March, 1992 with the opening of the Dugong complex by her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent GCVO on the 1st of March 1992.
To the northern side of Limestone Creek is the Centre’s main building, appropriately named the Nola James Building. Nola was Cultural Director of the centre from 1984 to 1993 until her untimely passing. Nola dedicated her life to the presentation of Aboriginal culture and to the introduction and education of all Australians to Indigenous history.