Koorie Heritage Trust
We invite you to join us on the Scar Tree Walk, a unique cultural experience that blends traditional and contemporary aspects of Aboriginal cultures and histories of the Kulin Peoples. Accompanied by one of our knowledgeable Cultural Experiences Guides, the tour starts at the Koorie Heritage Trust and leads you through the Birrarung Wilam (River Camp) Aboriginal art installations. These installations provide a backdrop to the walk and offer a glimpse into what you will experience on the journey.
As you cross the William Barak Bridge, which spans Batman Avenue, you will gain insight into the historical significance of these two prominent figures who have played a vital role in shaping the history of Narrm (Melbourne) for both the local Aboriginal peoples and settlers. Once you cross the bridge, you will enter a traditional Kulin Nation meeting place, which has become a significant contemporary gathering spot for not just Melbournians and Victorians today, but also internationally as a home for sports and events.
Here, you will learn about the ongoing local Aboriginal culture in the setting of major sporting events at the MCG, before culminating at the Scar Trees, a protected cultural heritage site. This site offers a glimpse into a 60,000+ year-old history and culture within a contemporary, modern setting.
The walking tour covers a distance of approximately 1.25km.