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Aboriginal people have lived in the vast region of Gippsland for tens of thousands of years and the ancient culture of the local Gunaikurnai people lives on today. See local artefacts, hear Dreamtime stories and learn about the traditional lifestyles of the first inhabitants of the region, from the sacred land now known as Wilsons Promontory National Park and the Krowathunkaloong Keeping Place in Bairnsdale to Cape Conron, Metung and Ninety Mile Beach.

Bataluk Cultural Trail

As you travel through Gippsland, more often than not you'll be following routes that the Gunai (Kurnai) and Monaro people have travelled for over 18,000 years. With the mountains to the north and the lakes and ocean to the south, the path which is now the Princes Highway formed the backbone of the network of trails and trading routes that spanned the region.

The Bataluk Cultural Trail extends from Sale through Mitchell River National Park, Bairnsdale, and Orbost to Cape Conran. It follows the trails and trading routes of pre-colonial days and focuses on elements of Koorie history and culture.

Wilsons Promontory

Visit Wilsons Promontory and discover a place rich in Aboriginal history that remains a site of major spiritual significance to Victorian Koorie communities today. Explore the fern gullies, sandy beaches and eucalypt forests and feel the spirit of this special part of Victoria.

Historic sites

Continue along the East Coast to Ninety Mile Beach, Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance and Orbost. Travel the country of the traditional custodians to find evidence of their unique lifestyles. Shell middens, canoe trees and meeting places are still present, even after the thousands of years that have passed since their creation.


Spend some time at the Krowathunkaloong Keeping Place in Bairnsdale where the local people will show you examples of the skilled craftsmanship of traditionally made baskets, spears, shields and canoes.

While much of the Aboriginal history of Gippsland is deep in the area's past, local Aboriginal communities are also now presenting it to visitors as a part of nature walks, guided tours, cultural talks and travelling exhibitions.

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Aboriginal Victoria

Walking & hiking

Den of Nargun Loop Walk

Walk along the river and through rainforest gorges as part of the Bataluk Cultural Trail, which explores Gunaikurnai history and culture.

National parks & reserves

Snowy River National Park

Spend a few days exploring the majestic Snowy River National Park and discover lush forests and river scenery, towering gorges and waterfalls.

Aboriginal Victoria

Bataluk Cultural Trail

Hit the Bataluk Cultural Trail to hear Dreamtime stories, visit sacred sites and learn about the traditional ways of Gippsland's first inhabitants.

National parks & reserves

Wilsons Promontory National Park

Fondly known as ‘The Prom’, Wilsons Promontory is one of Victoria’s best loved national parks. Situated at the southernmost tip of mainland...

Walking & hiking

Cape Conran Nature Trail

Explores white sandy beaches, rock pools, boardwalks, banksia woodlands and lookouts.


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