I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published November 22nd 2019
Wander where the Wurundjeri Wandered
The resource walk is a short (340 metres) self-guided walk amongst indigenous vegetation bordering on Watsons Creek, learning about how the local Wurundjeri people used the available natural resources for food, medicines, shelter and clothes.
A panel next to a wombat burrow details the fauna that the Wurundjeri hunted for food. Apart from wombats, hunted and gathered were kangaroos, wallabies, emus, possums, insects, ant eggs and bogong moths.
Acacia or wattle trees are a very hard wood and were used to make shields, clubs, digging sticks and boomerangs. The sap, when dissolved in water made a sweet drink. The sap was also used as a sealing agent for baskets and canoes.
Watsons Creek is on the border of the walk and the Wurundjeri used it as a source of yabbies, mussels, eels, and blackfish. Ducks were also caught, being attracted by the water. The creek was also the source of their water. Even today, the water in the creek is very clear.
On all the panels the indigenous names for items were explained. This short walk is extremely educational in the ways of the original inhabitants of our great land. I would recommend that once children reach the age of being interested in the world around them, they are initiated to this walk.
Peaceful though it is, there is the hum of traffic from the road. The only birds I saw and heard was the almost constant cackle of cockatoos, with only two showing themselves.
The Gawa walk is a little out of the way, but it would be well worth seeking it out on an outing to the area. About half a kilometre west is the Dark Horse Café, well worth a visit for coffee or lunch. Further west is the Kangaroo Ground War Memorial Park and Tower.
It is only about ten kms from both Eltham and Warrandyte, so a day's outing would be educational and fulfilling.