Families, Councillors and members of the Wurundjeri Council gathered at Chandler Park on Thursday 4 July for the official opening of the Wurundjeri Heritage Trail.
The City of Boroondara worked closely with the Wurundjeri Council to create the Wurundjeri Heritage Trail, selecting appropriate plants and developing the signage that was revealed on the day.
The event formed part of the City of Boroondara’s NAIDOC Week celebration and opened with a Welcome to Country and a traditional Smoking Ceremony.
Smoking Ceremonies have been used by the Wurundjeri people for thousands of years to cleanse places and people of bad spirits, and to promote the wellbeing of Wurundjeri people as well as guests on Country.
The Wurundjeri Heritage Trail was announced officially open by Wurundjeri Elders Aunty Alice Kolasa and Uncle Colin Hunter Jr who unveiled the first sign along the Trail with Councillor Phillip Healey, Mayor of Boroondara.
The signs running along the peaceful trail by the Yarra River provide visitors with a deeper understanding of the language, culture and contemporary aspirations of the Wurundjeri community. Uncle Colin Hunter Jr took visitors on a special guided tour of the Trail speaking to the signage and history of the area.
Recognising our significant cultural places
The Trail now joins our other significant cultural places including the Wurundjeri Garden on Glan Avon Road in Hawthorn and the Canoe tree monument on Bowyer Avenue in Kew.
If you missed out on the event, you can still enjoy this beautiful trail. It’s accessible by foot and bike via the Main Yarra Trail. You can also explore other walking and cycling trails around Boroondara.