Acknowledgement & Welcome

Above: Uncle Rick Nelson


Womindjika Woorineen willam bit
Willam Dja Dja Wurrung Balug
Wokuk mung gole-bo-turoi
talkoop mooroopook.

Welcome to our homeland,
home of the Dja Dja Wurrung people
We offer you people good spirit.

Uncle Rick Nelson

Northern Arts Hotel is found at the foothills of Mt Leanganook. The Jaara people of the Dja Dja Wurrung are the Custodians of the land and waters on which we live and work; country graced by river red gums and granite boulders, grasslands and flowing waters supporting a variety of wildlife which we must all care for, honour and value. Jaara culture is ancient, living and dynamic, with a powerful connection to this country dating back thousands of years. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present and emerging. We extend these same sentiments to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander First Nations peoples.

Boorp Boorp Boondyil exhibit

Castlemaine Market Building in Moyston St Castlemaine

[Open Mon-Sun 9-5pm except Christmas day]

“This is a story my father told me. It’s hugely important to pass it on to our children, and our children’s children” – Dja Dja Wurrung Elder, Uncle Rick Nelson.

A new permanent exhibition sharing the historical and contemporary stories and teachings of the local Jaara People (Traditional Owners) of the area known as Mount Alexander Shire opened at the historic Castlemaine Market Building in Moyston St Castlemaine in October 2022.

The exhibition Boorp Boorp Boondyil (passing knowledge to our children) is a name gifted to the project by local Dja Dja Wurrung senior Elder Uncle Rick Nelson. It is pronounced ‘Boorp’ as in ‘torpedo’ and ‘Boondyil’ as in ‘book’.

This permanent exhibit will provide residents and visitors with an opportunity to walk through an interactive space, where they will learn the history of the area, including the story of the Eagle, the Bat and the Crow, the Creation Story of the Dja Dja Wurrung in the Mount Alexander region, as told by the Nelson family. The exhibition also includes important cultural lessons about living on Country and bush foods, medicine, waterways and weaving.

It will also welcome visitors to Jaara Country and serve as a starting point for learning more about the rich history of this land’s traditional custodians. [Source Council website]

More information about the local Djarra people

CLICK HERE to visit the Bendigo Djarra website.

CLICK HERE to visit the local Nalderun website.

CLICK HERE to visit our local Connecting Country website.