We are pleased to offer the following guided walking tours of the Melbourne CBD led by one of our friendly Koorie guides.
Our guided walks are only available generally for group bookings. However, individual bookings are now available for our Birrarung Wilam (River Camp) Walk. You can book an individual Birrarung Wilam (River Camp) Walk through TryBooking. For group bookings, please contact Tamika Collins by telephone on (03) 8662 6333 or email.
Bookings for all our our guided walks (group and individual bookings) are subject to numbers. All bookings are also subject to the weather.
Unless otherwise indicated or advised, all of our guided walks start at our Federation Square building. We highly recommend that you take the opportunity of being at the Trust to also explore our latest temporary exhibition in our ground floor gallery, view our permanent collections on our top floor and wander through our shop, where you will find authentic South East Australian Aboriginal art, craft and design products as a momento of your visit.
Please note that charges apply for our walks.
In addition to our guided walks, we also offer a Wominjeka (Welcome) Tour of the Trust, which introduces participants to the history of the Trust as well as design features of our building and collection treasures.
Birrarung Falls Walk
Led by one of our friendly Koorie guides, the Birrarung Falls Walk is designed to introduce you to Melbourne’s Aboriginal and early settlement history along Birrarung Marr (Beside the River of Mists or the Yarra River).
Beginning at the Koorie Heritage Trust, the walk takes in the Birrarung Wilam (Common Ground) Aboriginal art installations, which gives a Kulin perspective to the knowledge you will gain during this fascinating journey. As the group meanders along the Birrarung Marr, your friendly Koorie guide and educator will take you through significant sites and landmarks including the site of the Elizabeth Street Creek and the original location of the Birrarung Falls where you will be able to look down to the first wharves constructed at the time of settlement and the long disappeared turning basins for sailing ships.
Duration: 1 − 1.5 hours (approx)
Scar Tree Walk
Our Scar Tree Walk is a cultural journey that connects the traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture and history of the local Kulin Peoples.
Beginning at the Koorie Heritage Trust, the walk takes in the Birrarung Wilam (Common Ground) Aboriginal art installations, which gives a Kulin perspective to the knowledge you will gain during your walk to the Scar Trees. The gentle walk with one of our friendly Koorie guides continues across the William Barak Bridge that crosses over Batman Avenue, taking in the stories of two significant figures that shaped the history of Melbourne for both the local Aboriginal people and the settlers.
Once over the bridge you will enter a traditional Kulin Nations meeting place thousands of years old that has become a significant contemporary meeting place for Melbournians and Victorians today. Here you will learn of the ongoing use of local Aboriginal culture in the setting of major sporting events at the MCG before finishing at protected cultural heritage sites, the Scar Trees, and understanding what they can tell us today about a history and culture that is 60,000 years old.
Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours (approx)
Birrarung Wilam (River Camp) Walk
The Birrarung Wilam Walk takes you through Federation Square and down to the Birrarung Wilam (Common Ground) Aboriginal art installations experiencing the Aboriginal history of the Birrarung Marr (Beside the river of mists) and Aboriginal Peoples of the Kulin Nation.
With one of our friendly Koorie guides, you will learn how the land on which Melbourne is located has changed over time and learn the significance of the Birrarung Wilam to the local Kulin peoples. You will gain a deeper and more meaningful understanding of this incredible location, an important gathering place for the Kulin Nation and one of Melbourne’s most popular meeting hubs.
We take both group and individual bookings for this walk (see below for booking details).
Duration: 1 hour (approx)
For further information or to make a group booking, please contact Tamika Collins by telephone on (03) 8662 6333 or email.
You can book an individual Birrarung Wilam (River Camp) Walk through TryBooking.