Indigenous Landscapes Tour

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DISCOVER  how European settlement impacted on Indigenous people and Indigenous landscapes such as waterways, fauna, flora, and the effects today on modern Melbourne.
important Melbourne landscapes that have supported the economic and cultural life of  Indigenous peoples as well as subsequent colonial settlers, immigrants and contemporary Melbournians.
EXPERIENCE traditional tools, medicine and foods described in  Dark Emu and The Greatest Estate on Earth e.g how landscape materials such as skin, ochre, shell, stone, bark, grass, wood, bone and fire were utilised for food, tools, shelter and medicine as well as by later European colonists, explorers and modern Melbournians.
LEARN about the Batman Treaty,   Indigenous Seasons waterways system, territories.
RECEIVE our free history book pdf written by ourselves in partnership with the Boonwurrung Foundation and the City of Port Phillip.
ur guides are not usually Indigenous, we come from the Reconciliation perspective of how contemporary Australians can learn from our landscapes and their use by Indigenous culture, colonists and immigrants to create a sustainable Australia.

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”People thought the local route you chose for our walk was fantastic. The content was informative, educative, enjoyable and so interesting. We will repeat it next year.   
City Port Phillip Reconciliation Action Group.
‘We thoroughly enjoyed the walk by the Yarra River in the CBD. The students all completed such detailed reflections and summaries from your information shared. Thanks for making it so interactive, real, and relevant to the lives of the Year 9 students! Caulfield Grammar

‘We all thought it was excellent: interesting, informative, and very hands-on. The students certainly learned a lot and enjoyed themselves’.
 Athol Primary
‘The knowledge that students get from this tour prepares them so well for SAC’s and the end of year exam…for Unit 3 – Outdoor and Environmental Studies, this tour is a must!!   Bendigo Catholic College.


‘We acknowledge the traditional Aboriginal custodians of Melbourne and pay our respects to them, their culture, and their Elders past, present, and future.’

MELBOURNE CITY CENTRE:  Our city tours usually start from Federation Square and explore Birramung Marr and the Yarra River and its surroundings.

SUBURBSWe have also run Indigenous landscape tours in many of Melbourne’s suburbs including Merri Creek, Black Rock,  Bulleen, Fitzroy, Clifton Hill,  Kananook Creek, Footscray,  Queens Park (Ascot Vale), Albert Park, Port Melbourne, Elwood, Gardenvale Creek, Gasworks Park, Carlton Gardens, Hawthorn, Richmond, Alphington and others.

LOCAL TO YOU:  Alternatively we can also deliver Indigenous landscape tours near your local business, school, park,  library, beach, community centre etc.  

Meyer Eidelson, the 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 and also  Yalukit Willam, The  River People of Port Phillip
See also the App of  our book Melbourne Dreaming
Android App
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Site at  Ricketts Point and Black Rock
Indigenous Plant Use. A booklet on the medicinal, nutritional and
technological use of indigenous plants, Zena Cumpston, Melbourne University 2020
Melbourne Dreaming. A Guide to Important Places Past and Present, 2014, Meyer Eidelson, Aboriginal Studies Press.
Yalukit Willam. The River People of Port Phillip, 2014,  Meyer Eidelson, City of Port Phillip, Boonwurrung Foundation.

Aboriginal Melbourne: the Lost Land of the Kulin People, Gary Presland

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

Meerreeng-an. Here is my Country. The Story of Aboriginal Victoria told through art. Chris Keeler and Vicky Couzens 2010. I Succeeded Once. The Aboriginal Protectorate on the Mornington Peninsula, Marie Fels 2011.

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

Eight Wurundjeri Seasons in Melbourne.  Jim Poulter

Koorie Plants. Koorie People.  Beth Gott

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

Remains to be Seen. Archaeological Insights into Australian pre-history. David Frankel.Good Men and True. The Native Police of Port Phillip. Marie Fels.
A Bend in the Yarra : a history of the Merri Creek Protectorate Station, Ian Clark, Toby Heydon
See Learning resources
See Woiwurrung language Apps
See curriculum resources
See Resources for Schools and Families
See Reconciliation Australia  Share Our Pride
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