From the Wathaurong people in Geelong, all the way down to the vast western area populated by the Gunditjmara people, the Great Ocean Road region is a treasure trove of ancient Indigenous stories and customs.
On the peninsula
Delve into Indigenous culture at Narana Creations, a craft and cultural centre located in Geelong. Sample bush tucker, get tips on how to throw a didgeridoo and take part in cultural discussions. Got some spare time? Go on a walk along the Bellarine Peninsula where the escaped convict William Buckley lived with the Wathaurong people for some 32 years.
In the round
Travel down to Tower Hill, a nature reserve nestled inside an extinct volcano near Warrnambool and a site of significance for the Gunditjmara people. Take a walk with an Aboriginal guide to see native wildlife up close, get a glimpse into traditional ways of life, and learn about bush foods and medicines.
Continue along the Great Ocean Road to Lake Condah, near Portland. Recently granted National Heritage listing due to evidence of a permanent Aboriginal village, the finding exploded the myth that all Indigenous people of Australia were nomadic. Go on a tour with an aboriginal guide and see the remains of stone houses used by the original inhabitants of the area along with the remnants of a large and complex eel trap system.
A visit to Victoria's Great Ocean Road region is an essential part of your journey through Aboriginal Victoria.