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Stop 3 – River Red Gums, pre-dating the University, speak of the ancestors of Billibellary

Billibellary's Walk

Wominjeka. Welcome to Wurundjeri Country

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 that provides an experience of connection to Country which Wurundjeri people continue to have, both physically and spiritually.

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.

Billibellary's Walk begins near the University's Gate 3 in Swanston Street and guides the participant on a walk of the University, with a further nine documented stops. The walk takes approximately one hour, depending on the interest of participants, time available and how it is taken ie with a guide or self-guided. The walk concludes in University Square in Grattan Street.

The walk is intended to operate as a self guided walk using the Billibellary’s Walk smartphone application and/or downloadable map and narrative. Accompanied walks are provided for special occasions only. In the longer term, physical signage will also be positioned at each stop to ensure easy reference of each point of interest.

In the meantime, you may download the brochure with map and a pdf which documents the stories that are told at the various points of the walk.

Download the brochure and map

Download the narrative that documents the walk

Take a walk in Billibellary's Footsteps - Link to story in Voice

View the vodcast of members of the research team describing the purpose of Billibellary's Walk


Feedback on Billibellary's Walk

Murrup Barak would like to hear your thoughts about Billibellary's Walk. Please participate in our anonymous, online evaluation questionnaire by clicking here:

Alternatively, you can email Shawana Andrews on:



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. Members of the research team 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