QUOBBA BLOWHOLES ABORIGINAL RECOGNITION 

The Blowholes are a natural phenomenon and world class tourist site located 75 kilometres north of Carnarvon. Situated along the Quobba Coastline, powerful ocean swells push water through sea caves and out of narrow holes in the rocks, forcing jets of water to erupt into the air. The Blowholes area is an important place for Baiyungu and Yinggarda people. 

The Gascoyne Development Commission understands the need to recognise the important cultural history of the Blowholes for both Traditional Owners and the Carnarvon Aboriginal community, who have a long history associated with the site. In August 2020, the Commission confirmed that it will work with Traditional Owners and Carnarvon Aboriginal community members to achieve this goal. It was agreed that a day-use shelter with interpretive signage will provide a place for Aboriginal people, tourists, and residents of Carnarvon and surrounding areas, a central point to visit and connect. A shelter will also provide a place to learn about the area and rich Aboriginal cultural history, while wayfaring signage will educate people about the lands on which they visit.

Quobba Blowholes

Quobba Blowholes, image courtesy of Tourism WA

The Commission is the lead agency, partnering with the Shire of Carnarvon and Rio Tinto to fund and deliver the Blowholes Aboriginal Recognition project. Upon completion, the resulting day-use shelter and associated assets will be owned, managed, and maintained by the Shire. 

A working group has been formed to oversee and drive the project from initial consultation through to construction. The Group consists of representatives from the Gascoyne Development Commission, Shire of Carnarvon, National Indigenous Australians Agency, Baiyungu Aboriginal Corporation, Yinggarda Aboriginal Corporation and the Carnarvon community. The working group will also share relevant experience and learnings, which will ensure the project achieves its objective and purpose.

The Project is expected to be complete in the first half of 2023. 

Endorsed location of Day-use Shelter

Expression of interest (EOI) for Artists

The Gascoyne Development Commission (GDC) is seeking submissions from established or emerging Western Australian Aboriginal artists based in the Gascoyne to create a contemporary artwork for a new shelter at the Quobba Blowholes area.  Artists can register their interest by referring to the link below to the EOI and sending the below details to info@gdc.wa.gov.au.  

  • CV of no more than 2 pages with a brief artist biography;
  • At least 3 examples of previous work to demonstrate similar experience;
  • A conceptual design brief.

Please register your interest by 4pm, Monday 31st October 2022.

EOI for Original Artwork to Celebrate Aboriginal Cultural History at the Quobba Blowholes (Hyperlink)