Three hours south east of Perth is the wheatbelt town of Dumbleyung. The name Dumbleyung is derived from the Aboriginal word ‘dambling’ meaning large lake or inland sea. The Wuddi Cultural Centre celebrates the area’s ancient Aboriginal history, keeping it alive by sharing local cultural traditions, bushfoods, stories, artworks and artefacts. Visitors can purchase authentic Aboriginal items from all over Western Australia, with many locally crafted right here in Dumbleyung including; tapping sticks, boomerangs, didgeridoos, artworks, bush jewellery, bush foods and jams. The Cultural Centre also operates culturally themed tours that range from bush food tastings and walking tours of the region’s important Aboriginal sites. Wuddi Cultural Centre is a place that offers a warm welcome and a surprising insight into the Aboriginal history of the region.
Grant and Anne Riley run Wuddi Aboriginal Cultural Tours in Dumbleyung. Grant is a Wilman man and is passionate about sharing his culture with visitors and guests. He was born and grew up in Dumbleyung. Grant is the third youngest of 14 children for Henry and Ruby Riley. Grant would follow his father Henry Riley out bush where he learnt heaps of knowledge about his people of this area, the tools, foods, etc. Anne is a Balladong woman from Quairading. She looks after the cultural centre, gift store and prepares bush tucker inspired food for the tour guests and visitors.