Melbourne Indigenous Tour

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VISIT Indigenous sites  exploring how the landscape of Nerm or Melbourne supported the economic, cultural  and spiritual life of  Indigenous people  and later settlers for up to 60,000 years or more.
DISCOVER  the impact of  explorers and settlers or Ngamudji on Aboriginal people, the indigenous landscape, fauna and flora.
EXPLORE how Melbourne Indigenous plants, skin, ochre, shell, stone, bark, grass, wood, bone, fire  were  used for hunting, gathering, tools, bushtucker, medicine and the role of traditional stories.
LEARN about clan territories, the Indigenous Seasons the Batman Treaty and alliances, historic events, archaeological sites and the eel cycle.
DISCUSS  issues such as  the Civil rights movement, Mission era, Stolen Generation, Land rights, Reconciliation and Close the Gap. Our guides are not  usually Indigenous, we come from the Reconciliation perspective of how wider Australia can learn from Indigenous culture and country.


 People thought the walk was fantastic. They found it really informative, educative, enjoyable and so interesting. We will repeat it next year.   St Kilda Reconciliation Action Group.
We thoroughly enjoyed the walk last Wednesday  by the Yarra River. The students all completed such detailed reflections and summaries from your information shared. It was a fabulous way to start the  Indigenous unit. Thanks for making it so interactive, real and relevant to the lives of the Year 9 students! Caulfield Grammar, Year Eight.

We all thought it was excellent: interesting, informative and hands on. The students certainly learnt a lot and enjoyed themselves.
 Athol Primary School.
‘The knowledge that students get from this tour prepares them so well for SAC’s and the end of year exam. If you focus on the Wurundjeri people for Unit 3 – Outdoor and Environmental Studies, this tour is a must!! Thanks Meyer and Melbourne Walks.’ Bendigo Catholic College.

Don’t miss learning about our ancient culture and country!
Meyer Eidelson, founder of Melbourne Walks, is the author of the award-winning ‘Melbourne Dreaming. A Guide to Important Places Past and Present’  Aboriginal Studies Press, 2015.   We draw inspiration from  the elders and traditional custodians of our sacred  landscape. Our activities express our personal commitment to reconciliation and social justice. In all things – respect!


MELBOURNE CITY CENTRE:  Our City Indigenous Tours usually start from Federation Square and explore Birramung Marr and the Yarra River and surrounds.

SUBURBSWe also run Indigenous tours throughout Melbourne’s suburbs e.g Merri Creek, Black Rock,  Bulleen,  Kannanook Creek, Footscray,  Queens Park (Ascot Vale) Albert Park Lake, Elwood, Gardenvale Creek and others

LOCAL TO YOU:  We can deliver Indigenous tours near your local business, school, park,  library, beach, community centre etc.  We can also provide Indigenous experiences  indoors e.g. school holiday programs, corporate events using bush tucker, tools, wildlife, art etc.

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From our  book: Melbourne Dreaming, A Guide to important Places Past and Present (2014) published by Aboriginal Studies Press. 

Bay-ray-rung: Yarra River and its creation stories and role in traditional culture. How the landscape provides for water, indigenous food. clothing, tools and medicine.
Birramung Marr: Installations – River Camp and Eel hunting, oral history wall, speakers circle, Barak Bridge
Turning Basin: Central meeting ground of the Kulin Nation. Arrival point of the Enterprize.  Benbow dived here for the the body of John Batman’s son. View early paintings of the original Kulin landscape.
Learn about archaeological sites.

Queens Bridge/The Falls (Yarra Yarra): Freshwater source  and crossing point. Escaped convict William Buckley crossed here to subsequently live with the Wathawurrung as ‘Murrangurk’ for 32 years.
Enterprize Park: Bush food, tools, medicine and stone knapping.
Queensbridge Square: Gayip installation.
Scar Poles: Seven Victorian indigenous artists have told their stories of indigenous history and culture in 30 sculptures of wood, stone and metal. 
Customs House: The language groups, nations and clan estates of Victoria inscribed in the Tribute Garden.
Fawkner’s home: Derrimut, Arweet (leader) of the Boon Wurrung, lived with Fawkner and traveled to Tasmania with him.
Batman statue: Examine the contents of the only Treaty ever signed with indigenous people in Australia and its import to both parties.
Cnr Williams and Collins. The Auction House where the Kulin lands were first sold to speculators.
The Bank of Victoria site: Where Derrimut clashed with magistrate William Hull.
Collins and King Streets: The stockade and prison. Here Tullamarine escaped from prison. Here the freedom fighters Jack Napoleon and Robert set out on the death cart to be the first men hanged. Here the Kulin were imprisoned after Windberry was shot by Major Lettsom.
The Old Rialto. How the British pastoral industry replaced indigenous firestick farming with a globalized trade in wool.

Bunjils statute: Stories of the Dreamtime and spirit creator of the Kulin people, Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra.
Batman’s House: Pigeon and other Aboriginal parties lived with Batman here as well as Benbow and Kitty. Here the Kulin met the Rev Orton, first preacher.Here Hoddle in 1837 divided Kulin country into the golden mile.
RMIT, Bowen terrace:  Execution site of freedom fighter Tunnerminerwait and Mualboyhenner.
QV Market: Aboriginal burial ground including  freedom fighters Jack Napoleon and Robert.
And many more……

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See Woiwurrung language Apps
See curriculum resources
See Resources for Schools and Families
See Reconciliation Australia  Share Our Pride
 Melbourne Dreaming. A Guide to Important Places Past and Present, 2014, Meyer Eidelson
Yalukit Willam. The River People of Port Phillip, 2014, Meyer Eidelson

Aboriginal Melbourne: the Lost Land of the Kulin People, McPhee Gribble, 
Yalukit Willam, The River People of Port Phillip,  2014, Meyer Eidelson

Aboriginal Victorians. A history since 1800, Richard Broome, Allen and Unwin 2005.

I Succeeded Once. The Aboriginal Protectorate on the Mornington Peninsula, Marie Fels 2011.

Meerreeng-an. Here is my Country. The Story of Aboriginal Victoria told through art. Chris Keeler and Vicky Couzens 2010.

1835: The Founding Of Melbourne And The Conquest Of Australia by James Boyce 2011.

The Australian Aborigines, A. P. Elkin. Angus and Robertson, 1986.

Wild Medicine in Australia, A.B. and JW Cribb, Collins, 1988.

Wild Food in Australia, A.B. and JW Cribb, Collins, 1988.

Archaeology of the Dreamtime, J Flood, Angus and Robertson, 2001.

Remains to be Seen. Archaeological insights into Australian pre-history. David Frankel.






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