This tour explores the extraordinary landscapes of Merri Creek, Dights Falls Park and the Birrarung or Yarra River. It explores important Indigenous, settler, natural and contemporary history including Dights Flour Mill, the Overlanders’ crossing, Yarra Bend parklands, recreation, waterways, Institutions and wildlife habitat.
The archaeology of the Dights Mill site indicates the different ways that settlers and Indigenous people used the landscape.
This area’s history also includes 1840s Indigenous, trading and camping, Yarra Aboriginal School, Native Police Corps and the Aboriginal Protectorate.
Students or adults can explore locations by foot (or bicycle) with a historian. The tour explores relationships with the environment by settlers, contemporary uses, use by Indigenous people before and after settlement, the impact of the settlement on the traditional owners, impacts on water, geology, fauna and flora.
Tours (2-2.4) hours usually start from Dights Falls Park. Alternative starting points include the Merri Creek in 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 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 the guide’s stories as he discusses relationships … with the landscape. The knowledge that students get from this tour prepares them so well for SAC’s and the end of year exam.. (Outdoor and Environmental Studies). Catholic College Bendigo.
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