For the first time, thousands of rare and remarkable items in museums, cultural centres and private collections across Western Australia have been brought together in a new online portal.
WAnderland is packed with hidden treasures and tales – from the cultured to the kitsch and everything in between. The website opens a doorway to WA’s fascinating regional collections – inspiring you to hit the road and experience them for yourself.
Discover the collections on your device and add things that intrigue you to an online itinerary planner, building a bespoke bucket list for your next real-life adventure.
Head upstairs above a Chinese restaurant in Broome to find an unexpected and mesmerising personal collection featuring items from five generations of the Yu family.
Experience the culture of WA’s diverse Aboriginal peoples at centres like Bilya Koort Boodia in Northam, where a bold and beautiful display of the region’s Ballardong Nyoongar culture is revealed through a mesmerising mix of projected video art, light and sound that evokes the Dreamtime.
Marvel at little-known places like the Dolly Mix in Esperance, which holds a huge collection of large dolls presented amongst swathes of red velvet and sparkling chandeliers.
Explore Gwoonwardu Mia Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre, a place that celebrates the five language groups of the Gascoyne and see the award winning exhibition, Burlganyja Wanggaya, which shares stories of the Gascoyne’s Aboriginal people in their own words using text, images, audio and film.
The WAnderland project, led by the WA Museum, is the culmination of two years’ work and more than 10 weeks on the road. Project director Roz Lipscombe travelled with a photographer and regional writers across a third of Australia to identify and document rarely seen items from private and public collections.
WAnderland not only showcases locations and the surprising items you can see, but it shines a light on the people behind the collections. You’ll find interviews with some of the warmest and most knowledgeable people from across the State as they share their stories. The website has written articles from collection owners and a series of five mini-documentaries, from Perth film producer Paul Barron.
Tourism Minister Roger Cook said: “This new online gateway will entice people out to our wonderful regions, where they can explore all the quirkiness and beauty our State has to offer. From Eucla to Kununurra, Balgo to Augusta, more than 220 collections have been identified and profiled.
“I encourage all Western Australians to take a look and plan their next Wander out Yonder to explore.”