Native plants have long been a source of food and medicine for Victoria's Aboriginal people. Join Aboriginal guides from around Victoria for tours of gardens and reserves to learn about local plants and their uses.
Millari Garden, Bunjilaka, Melbourne
Meaning 'outdoors' in local Melbourne Boon Wurrung and Woi Wurrung language, the Millari Garden at Bunjilaka is an ideal spot to find out about Victoria's native plants and ingredients. Walk around the enclosure to learn about the Woolip, Gneering and Barn used to make spears, weapons and tools, and see the mountain pepper, white elderberry and kangaroo apple used for medicine and food.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
Join Aboriginal guides for a stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens for insights into Aboriginal ecosystems, seasons, culture and survival. See diverse native flora, learn about the Aboriginal uses for different plants from around Australia, and top off your walk with a refreshing lemon myrtle tea.
Worn Gundidj, Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, Great Ocean Road
Explore the nature and landscapes of one of Australia's geological wonders, inactive volcanic crater Tower Hill, with local guides. In this part of Victoria, local trees and plants are sources of food, so be sure to ask your guide about the different plants' local uses. Keep an eye out for local wildlife too (keen advocates of the local flora).
Brambuk Cultural Centre, Grampians/Gariwerd
Not only is Grampians/Gariwerd home to 80 percent of Victoria's Aboriginal rock art, the surrounding flora grows around an ecosystem that has fed and healed local people for thousands of years. At Brambuk you'll learn about the various seasons in which plants appear, including Gwangal Moronn (the season of the honey bee), Chinnup (the season of cockatoos) and Petyan (the season of butterflies).
Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre (Curragundi Native Garden), Geelong and the Bellarine
Adjoining the Narana Cultural Centre, the four-acre Curragundi Native Garden is home to abundant water and land bush plant foods and medicinal flora. The garden is teeming with emus and wallabies too, all sampling the native ingredients.
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