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Birrarung Wilam (River Camp) - Aboriginal Walking Tour


Koorie Heritage Trust

Experience the Aboriginal history of the Birrarung (River of Mists - Yarra River) and the Aboriginal Peoples of the Kulin Nation, in the heart of Narrm (Melbourne), Victoria. You’ll start at the Koorie Heritage Trust with a guided walk through exhibitions and art galleries and a hands-on experience with artefacts before walking through Federation Square and down to the Birrarung Wilam (Common Ground) Aboriginal art installation.

Insights into your experience

With one of our friendly Aboriginal guides, you will learn how the land on which Melbourne is located has changed over time and about the significance of the Birrarung (Yarra River) to the local Kulin peoples. 

You will learn the impact of colonisation and settlement on the traditional landscape and life of the Kulin peoples and how the local Aboriginal people maintain a significant presence in Melbourne today and continue to practice their culture.

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.

The experience provides the opportunity to listen and discuss with one of our Aboriginal guides their own experience as an Aboriginal person in Melbourne today and their perspective on Australia’s history.


Aboriginal guide

You should bring

Water bottle

Things to know

This is a 1 hour tour which operates every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, departing at 1.00pm and returning at 2.00pm.

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Entry is free to the Koorie Heritage Trust, based at Federation Square, and visitors can experience our collections (the largest in southern Australia), galleries and art exhibitions.

Weather considerations in regards to heat or rain are in place for the outdoor sections of the tours. Visitors are expected to ensure their own safety in relation to heat such as appropriate head covering, sunscreen and water. Tours will operate in light rain and visitors will be expected to provide their own appropriate protection including wet weather clothing and umbrellas. In extreme heat or heavy rain, tours will not run and visitors will be notified and refunded.

The tour is accessible for visitors with limited mobility including elevator access to the KHT collections level and ramp access from Federation Square down to the Yarra River.

Meeting point

Your guide will meet you at the Koorie Heritage Trust, Yarra Building Federation Square, Cnr of Flinders and Swanston Streets Melbourne. Please arrive 10 mins prior to departure time.


Koorie Heritage Trust, Yarra Building Federation Square, Cnr of Flinders and Swanston Streets Melbourne, Victoria 3000.

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