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Aboriginal Victoria

The Murray River region is not only magnificent in its natural diversity, it is a place steeped in Indigenous history, culture and spiritual significance. Today there are over 40 Aboriginal nations in the Murray-Darling Basin. Discover some of Australia's most significant Aboriginal sites and learn about the important relationship The Murray's traditional owners have with the ancient landscape.

Dreamtime stories

Imagine, as you travel down the river, one of the main dreamtime stories. The story tells of the origins of the Murray River, where the Ngarrindjeri people's ancestor Ngurunderi created the Murray River and its landscape with his long journey to Coorong.

While there are different versions of Ngurunderi's story, the common theme is that of his long chase of the Murray cod (Ponde), towards the Murray mouth. As Ponde swam to escape Ngurunderi's spear, the wide sweeps of his tail created its bends and turns. At last the giant fish arrived at Lake Alexandrina, the end of the Murray River.

Learn about the Aboriginal dreamtime heritage from a local Aboriginal guide. Descendants of the Yorta Yorta and Barkindji people of the area run tours from Mildura to various significant sites, offering visitors an insight into their traditions, culture and legends.

This land has spirit

Immerse yourself in the creation story of Purra, a Kangaroo Spirit, who marked a route through the middle of the desert. This desert became an important ancestral meeting place for the Aboriginal communities of Victoria's north west.

Experience the striking desert landscapes of the Mungo National Park. The world heritage-listed site is the home of Mungo Man and Woman, whose remains date back 42,000 years and are the oldest human remains found in Australia to date. Join a guided day tour through the park or sign up for a multi-day tour that includes camping out under the stars.

Explore other stunning landscapes with deep roots in Aboriginal heritage at the heritage-listed Willandra Lakes, where the iconic Walls of China can be found, as well as Wyperfield, Hattah Kulkyne, Murray Sunset and Little Desert national parks.

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Aboriginal Victoria

Nature & wildlife

The Murray River

A mountain stream in its upper reaches, the river turns into a meandering river lined with magnificent forests of red gum and sandy beaches.

National parks & reserves

Mungo National Park

See native fauna, plants and birdlife, Aboriginal heritage and the spectacular lunar-landscape Great Walls of China in ancient Mungo National Park.

National parks & reserves

Hattah-Kulkyne National Park

Hattah-Kulkyne National Park lies in typical mallee country with extensive low scrub and open native pine woodland. Superbly adapted birds, animals...

National parks & reserves

Murray-Sunset National Park

Murray-Sunset National Park, in Victoria's far north-west corner, is in one of the few remaining semi-arid regions in the world where the environment...

Tour operator

Harry Nanya Tours

Mungo National Park contains the longest continuous record of Aboriginal life in Australia, dating back over 50,000 years ago. Who's better to tell...


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