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Rottnest Island is unique as it is the only geographical location with a connection to almost every Aboriginal language group in Western Australia. For NAIDOC Week, Rottnest Island will be celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements by running a series of free workshops and activities!

NAIDOC Week (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) is held in the first full week of July and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. It's an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

During NAIDOC Week, Rottnest Island will be running a series of free workshops for children including: 

  • SAND ART - Get creative with sand and have a go at creating your own sand art masterpiece!
  • ROCK PAINTING - Join in the fun of painting your own pet rock to represent your life story so far.
  • STORY TELLING - Join the Noongar people in an educational story time to hear their traditional tales.
  • LANGUAGE CLASSES -  Keeping in theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week ‘Our Languages Matter’, come along to learn some key words and phrases to represent Wadjemup (Rottnest Island).
  • FACE PAINTING -  Come get your face painted in the traditional aboriginal art style.
  • QUOKKA MASK PAINTING - Got a creative flair? Love quokkas? This one’s for you, join in while an aboriginal artist teaches you how to paint and decorate your very own quokka mask.
  • ABORIGINAL HERITAGE WALK - Aboriginal Heritage tour will be taking place on the 3rd, 5th and 7th of July, which will be guided by the RIA Aboriginal Heritage Officer who is also a Whadjuk Noongar man. Bookings need to be made at the Visitor Centre.
  • KOONDARM CHOIR - Come together to enjoy song and language and in doing so, create a richer understanding of each other’s background, culture and lives. 

For workshop times and dates, view the July School Holiday Activity Program.