Aboriginal Heritage Walk
Melbourne Gardens is a significant cultural site for the local Kulin (Koolin) people. Journey into their ancestral lands and gain an understanding of their rich history and thriving culture, and discover their connection to plants in this 90-minute tour. The Aboriginal Heritage Walk starts off at the Visitor Centre where you will be greeted by your Aboriginal guide. The experience commences with a traditional smoking ceremony – a custom among Aboriginal Australians to acknowledge ancestors and pay respect to the land, and to ward off bad spirits.
Embark on an exploratory walk through important areas of the Gardens as your guide discusses the local First Peoples’ connection to plants and their traditional uses for food, medicine, tools and ceremonies. Finish off your walk with a refreshing cup of lemon myrtle tea while you share stories and reflect on the significance of Aboriginal culture in Australia.