Aboriginal walks

With the weather warming up, it's the perfect time to try an Aboriginal cultural walk through Melbourne or regional Victoria. Explore the wonders of the state and pick up local cultural insights from your guide as you go. Choose from a wide range of walks, which are available in various formats across Victoria.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Presented in a lush city oasis in the centre of the city, the Royal Botanic Gardens Aboriginal Heritage Walk takes visitors on a journey through the ancestral lands of the local Kulin nation, including the traditional meeting place. Walk through the verdant surrounds and participate in a traditional smoking ceremony with an Aboriginal guide, who explains the traditional uses of plants for food, tools and medicine as well as the history and contemporary life of their people.

Birrarung Marr

Step through the doors of the Koorie Heritage Trust at Federation Square and take a walk along the Yarra River with an Aboriginal tour guide. Wander through the Birrarung Wilam (Common Ground), which was a significant meeting place for the Kulin Nation. Learn about Aboriginal art installations and more specifically, the Aboriginal history of the Birrarung Marr (Yarra River) and the Aboriginal Peoples of the Kulin Nation. 

Worn Gundidj at Tower Hill

Enjoy a 60-minute interactive walk through the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve conducted by an experienced Aboriginal guide. Discover the natural habitat of some of Australia's most iconic native animals and identify native plants that can be used for food or medicinal purposes. Located between Warrnambool and Port Fairy on the Great Ocean Road, Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve is a natural landmark within a volcanic crater. 

Bushfoods Discovery Walk

Make your way to Brambuk, the national park and cultural centre, and delve into the local Aboriginal culture. Join a guided tour through the native gardens and wetlands of Gariwerd, the traditional name for the Grampians. Learn about the wide range of native plants and how they are used in traditional Aboriginal recipes and then participate in a bush tucker tasting.

Surf Coast Walk

Once a year, the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee offers a special guided walk with local Wadawurrung woman Corrina Eccles. Starting with a Welcome to Country and traditional smoking ceremony at Point Impossible, the journey follows the Great Ocean Road Surf Coast Walk through to Aireys Inlet where points of cultural and spiritual significance are revealed. 

Venturing on

There are other guided options that explore significant Aboriginal locations throughout Victoria such as the Bataluk Cultural Trail or the Bullawah Cultural Trail in Wangaratta.

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