A cultural interpretation of the Parkville campus landscape that provides an experience of connection to country which Wurundjeri people continue to have both physically and spiritually. Billibellary's Walk is open to University staff and the general public. The Walk can be self guided or guided tours can be booked for small groups.
Self Guided Tour of The Walk:
Listen to the research team describe the purpose of the walk.
Billibellary's Walk is named after the Ngurungaeta, or clan head, of the Wurundjeri people at the time of Melbourne’s settlement. The walk is a cultural interpretation of the University’s Parkville campus landscape.
The walk is designed to help participants hear the whispers and songs of the Wurundjeri people that lie within the University of Melbourne's built environment. The walk alerts us to signs and stories that may not be apparent to visitors, but which provide some insight into the experience of the Wurundjeri people of the Woiwurrung language group who have walked the grounds upon which the University now stands for more than 40,000 years. It is intended to provide the impetus for further exploration of issues pertinent to the Aboriginal community.
The walk is intended to operate as a self guided walk using the Billibellary’s Walk smartphone application and/or downloadable map and narrative.
Billibellary's Walk was developed by a research team comprising of Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit and Murrup Barak with input from a reference group which included Ms Shawana Andrews, Ms Ngarra Murray,Mr Craig Torrens and more recently Mr Warwick Padgham.
The support of the following individuals and groups was critical:
- Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council Inc – staff and members
- Aunty Margaret Gardiner – Wurundjeri Elder
- Aunty Joy Murphy-Wandin – Wurundjeri Elder
- Office of the Provost, The University of Melbourne – Learning and Teaching Initiative Grant