From the outstanding Grampians to the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, visitors can enjoy the many unique Aboriginal Indigenous experiences Victoria has on offer.
Brambuk The National Park and Cultural Centre, Grampians
The Grampians National Park is renowned for its walks, abundant wildlife, waterfalls, rugged rock formations, spectacular views and stunning spring wildflower displays. It is also a place rich in Dreamtime stories and is home to over 200 ancient Rock Art sites. At Brambuk The National Park and Cultural Centre visitors can learn about Australia’s first peoples, the Dreamtime creation story of the Grampians (Gariwerd), the Australian bush and its wildlife, then enjoy something to eat at the Bushtucker Café, browse the comprehensive displays, discover the six seasons of Gariwerd and take part in a wide range of cultural activities. The Brambuk Backpackers has both dorm rooms and private rooms. Facilities include en-suites in all rooms, free Internet access, barbeques as well as a kitchen, laundry and lounge with television.
How to get there: The Grampians National Park can be accessed by road or rail from Melbourne, or by road from Adelaide.
Tours depart from Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre or from accommodation partner Boroka.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne - Aboriginal Heritage Walk
The Royal Botanic Gardens was once a traditional camping and meeting place for the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung people.
Today, local Aboriginal guides take visitors on a journey that incorporates the themes of spirit, connection and land. Stories and culture of the original inhabitants are introduced, along with the plant lore of traditional medicine, tools and ceremony on this award-winning tour. Visitors can also enjoy an Indigenous food experience with a walk in the Gardens.
The Royal Botanic Gardens offers a picturesque setting of 38 hectares within walking distance of the city for visitors to discover over 50,000 species of plants from around the world.
How to get there: The Royal Botanic Gardens is a short 15-minute walk from the centre of Melbourne. Alternatively, catch a tram along St Kilda Road to the Shrine of Remembrance and take a short 5-minute walk to the Gardens. Car and bus parking is available beside the Gardens on Birdwood Avenue.
Worn Gundidj Tower Hill, Warrnambool
Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve sits inside the crater of a dormant volcano and has a plethora of wildlife to encounter; this coupled with guided tours to learn about Aboriginal culture and history provides a truly unique eco-tourism experience on the Great Ocean Road.
Declared Victoria’s first National Park in 1892, Tower Hill is the ideal place for visitors to experience the Australian bush, enjoy magnificent scenery and landscapes whilst getting up close to some of Australia’s most iconic native birds and animals. The site is of ecological and geological significance and is a showcase for Indigenous culture with Worn Gundidj guided tours available every day.
How to get there: Tower Hill is 14 kilometres (8.7 miles) west of Warrnambool on the Princes Highway, halfway between Warrnambool and Port Fairy.