Tyrendarra Indigenous Protected Area Experience Including Traditional Bush Tucker
This 4 hour experience begins at the Budj Bim Orientation Centre in Heywood and incorporates all aspects of the two hour guided tour, including an introductory welcome video, information on Gunditjmara culture and country and a tour of the Tyrendarra IPA. Whilst at the IPA you will, in addition to the tour of the stone house sites and aquaculture systems, receive a fully catered bush tucker lunch and a cultural performance by local Indigenous dancers. The bush tucker lunch varies seasonally, but typically includes a variety of kangaroo, smoked eel, water parsnip, warrigal greens, wattle seed rolls as well as traditional green salads. Local, Indigenous dancers will perform a variety of cultural dances that range from welcome dances to interpretations of their individual totems. This is an incredible, authentic experience that is a must-do for any group looking to immerse themselves in Aboriginal culture.
Your tour will begin at the Budj Bim Orientation Centre where you will be introduced to your guide, welcomed, and given an introductory talk on Gunditjmara culture and country. You will then watch a wonderful 10-minute video that will further introduce you to the culture of the Gunditjmara people.
The next stop is out to the Tyrendarra Indigenous Protected Area where you will experience a guided tour with a local, Indigenous guide. Whilst here you will see the remnant stone house sites and reconstructed stone dwellings, an extensive stone aquaculture system and you will also learn about the food plants and animals used by the Gunditjmara people.
The Winda-Mara dancers will give an amazing, authentic dance performance from their array of dances. These vary from Welcome dances, to dances depicting their individual animal totems. If you're lucky - you may even see the animals that the dances show.
Finally you will be treated to a bush-tucker lunch which lunch varies seasonally, but typically includes a variety of kangaroo, smoked eel, water parsnip, warrigal greens, wattle seed rolls as well as traditional green salads. The lunch can cater to all dietary requirements.