School Tour: Outdoor Environments and Indigenous Relationships

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This tour explores the extraordinary outdoor area around the confluence of Dights Falls, Merri Creek and the Yarra River. This was the greatest meeting and trading area of the Kulin Nation in the 1840s. It was also the location of the Native Police, the Yarra Aboriginal School, the Aboriginal Protectorate and Dights Mill. Students can explore the trails, fauna and flora, lookouts, Indigenous locations by foot or by bicycle with an expert guide. The area (Yarra Bend Park) is popular for outdoor activities such as cycling, walking, canoeing, fishing and birdwatching.

The tour looks intensively at historical relationships with the environment specifically:

Perceptions, Interactions and Impacts that the Wurundjeri people had with the Melbourne  environment before and after European settlement.
How the physical outdoor environment of Yarra Bend Park has influenced relationships with Indigenous people and Europeans.
Relationships with Australian outdoor environments as influenced by the first non-Indigenous settlers’ experiences.
Our changing relationships with outdoor environments before and after settlement.
The unique nature of Australian outdoor environments.
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