Songlines: our languages matter

Join our celebration of NAIDOC Week and local Darug culture at Rouse Hill House & Farm. Be part of the smoking ceremony and welcome to country in the morning and afterwards take part in a range of family-friendly activities. 

Connect with the land through ochre painting workshops with artist Leanne Watson, try your hand at throwing a boomerang and discover the uses of this ancient tool, and learn how to speak the Darug language with Muru Mittigar cultural education officers.

Enjoy performances by young dance troupe Indigenous Connections and the Mt Druitt Indigenous Childrens Choir, and hear contemporary Indigenous acoustic artists throughout the day. 

Join a volunteer from Birdlife Australia on a native bird-spotting tour of the surrounding landscape and learn more about the local habitat. 

Bring your own picnic or enjoy a barbecue cook up from Muru Mittigar and Mad Mob. 

Presented in partnership with Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural and Education Centre

Program of Activities

Welcome to Country, flag raising & smoking ceremony
10.15am – 10.45am
With Darug elders Uncle Wes Marne and Uncle Greg Simms.

Indigenous Connections performances
10.45am – 11.15am & 1pm – 1.30pm
Celebrate traditional Aboriginal culture through dance and song.

Boomerang throwing with Muru Mittigar
11am – 1.30pm & 2pm – 4pm
Throw a boomerang with experts from Muru Mittigar and learn more about this ancient tool.

Birdlife Australia tours
11am – 12noon & 1pm – 2pm
Join a native bird-spotting tour of the landscape.

Art workshops
11am – 12pm, 1pm – 2pm, 3pm – 4pm
Join Darug artist Leanne Watson to create a shared story canvas using traditional paint and techniques.

Mt Druitt Indigenous Children’s Choir
3pm – 3.30pm
Enjoy a special performance from this local children’s choir.

Darug language in the Schoolhouse
10.45am – 3.45pm
Learn to say “hello” in Darug in our 1888 school house.

Boomerang painting
All day
Drop in and paint one of your own boomerangs.

Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife
All day
Learn more about native animals and their significance in Indigenous culture.

Acoustic music in the COLA
All day
Hear acoustic songs by local Indigenous musicians.


Free entry

When & Where

Sunday 9 July 2017 10AM–4PM

Entry via Guntawong Road

Rouse Hill House & Farm

356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill, NSW 2155
+612 9627 6777