Coranderrk Aboriginal Station, which is situated on the Yarra Flats and is bounded by the Yarra River, Badger Creek, Watts River, and the slopes of Mount Riddle, is the focal point of the area’s indigenous history. The Kulin Nation, an alliance of five linguistic groups that includes the Wurundjeri, Boon Wurrung, Wadawurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung (Jaara), and Taungurung, was founded for the Wurundjeri people but also served as their home.
Turn around Healesville, untitled, seven monuments
The boundaries of the storied Coranderrk Aboriginal Station near Healesville are marked by seven monuments.
Take a stroll through the Sandra Bardas Gallery at Worowa College in Healesville.
showcasing genuine, reasonably priced Indigenous art and crafts produced by Worowa College students and the places they call home.
Meet the Australian native animals.
At Healesville Sanctuary, you may get to know natural species like kangaroos, koalas, eagles, platypus, and more. When you’re out and about, keep an eye out for any furry friends; you never know when you might see one.
Every Sunday, meet Wurundjeri Elder Murrundindi at Healesville Sanctuary.
The traditional tales of this country are shared by Murrundindi. While he welcomes you to Country with a warm Womenjika, you can pick up a few words of the language, listen to the didgeridoo, stop for a chat, hear some local legends, and be astounded by his skill at making that boomerang truly fly!
Read Balik Bagurrk, which is available at the Lilydale offices of the Yarra Ranges Council and the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.
by the end of 2020. In Woiwurrung, the native tongue of the Wurundjeri people, who are the region’s Traditional Owners, “Balit Bagurrk” denotes a strong woman. This community-led initiative aims to gather, preserve, and honor the contributions made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to the Yarra Ranges. It includes some of the accounts of all the powerful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have lived in the area and played a significant role in shaping its history. Many of the women who are part in this project are descended from people who lived in Coranderrk, an Aboriginal reserve that was governed by the Aboriginal Protection Board from the 1860s to the early 1900s. A project called Balit Bagurrk collected information about significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women through writing, photography, poetry, and artwork. These tales will be printed and released online.
View the collection of Indigenous art at the TarraWarra Museum of Art in the Healesville wineries region.
TarraWarra is located on Wurundjeri land and aspires to forge close ties with First Peoples by presenting works of art that forge connections and explore the history and cultural significance of the area through visiting and permanent curated exhibitions. Exploring the Yarra Valley must include a trip to the museum.
Visit the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum to see an actual possum cloak. Lilydale Connections: Stories, People Place is a permanent exhibition at the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum that traces more than 40,000 years of history through a varied display of artifacts that speak to the region’s landscape, industries, and inhabitants. Discover more about the Coranderrk Aboriginal Station, notable figures like William Barak, and the unsung local heroes.
Admire the sculpture called “Bukker Tillibul” at Lilydale (Cave Hill)
The traditional Wurundjeri name for Cave Hill and the location of the quarry where these stones were sourced is “Bukker Tillibul.” A Wurundjeri Elder named the sculpture; her name is Joy Murphy. The three tall towers were inspired by the presence of crows, a Wurundjeri totem, and Bunjil, the wedge-tailed eagle, a Wurundjeri totem, is connected to Cave Hill, which according to folklore contains a star that Bunjil hurled many years ago stuck deep within.
Wander the Dreamtime in Worowa, a region of Healesville wineries
This garden stroll differs from others. The history of Coranderrk and indigenous existence is transmitted through songlines and oral storytelling over time.
Explore the William Ricketts Sanctuary’s sculpture path in Mt Dandenong.
William Ricketts was a quiet man who had spent a lot of time residing with native Australian communities. He built the sanctuary as a haven for introspection and spiritual renewal. He was of the opinion that all Australians ought to adopt Aboriginal ways of thinking and appreciate the spirituality of the environment and all living things. The trails that wind around the property are dotted with approximately 90 distinct sculptures that have been cut from rocks and tree trunks.
Winery Tour Yarra Valley
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Docklands, VIC 3008
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