This tour explores the extraordinary landscapes around Merri Creek, Dights Falls Park and the Yarra River. This was one of the greatest meeting and trading area of the clans of the Kulin Nation in the 1840s with up to 800 members of the tribes attending. It was also the location of the Native Police, the Yarra Aboriginal School, the Aboriginal Protectorate and the European Ceres Flour Mill run by John Dight. It was also the crossing point of the first settlers overlanding from Sydney.
Students can explore the trails, fauna and flora, lookouts, Indigenous and colonial locations by foot (or even bicycle) with an expert guide. The tour explores relationships with the environment by settlers, contemporary uses, uses by Indigenous people before and after settlement, the impact of the settlement on the Wurundjeri people, impacts on water, geology, fauna and flora.
We also explore the archaeology of the Dights Mill site which shows the dramatically different ways that settlers used the landscape as against the Indigenous people.
Tours can start from different locations if preferred eg Dights Falls Park, Collingwood, Fitzroy, Clifton Hill or other locations.
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“For the past 3 years, Catholic College Bendigo Outdoor and Environmental Studies students have met Meyer at the Merri Creek Junction for a tour of Merri creek and Yarra River on bikes. It’s the most informative tour they do throughout the year!! During the tour the students are glued to Meyer’s stories as he discusses the relationships that that the Wurunjeri people had with the landscape. He conducts hands on activities that give students an insight into how Indigenous people lived in harmony with the landscape for thousands of years. He also explores (in detail) how their culture changed after the arrival of Europeans and the different approach that white people have towards the environment. 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.” Catholic College Bendigo.
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