Available now - Smartphone app for Billibellary's Walk


River redgums

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

 

During Reconciliation Week there will be two guided departures of Billibellary's Walk - on Monday 1 June and Wednesday 3 June at 1.00pm.  Places are limited and RSVP is essential. See the Reconciliation Week Events Calendar for further details

 
The number of people able to experience Billibellary's Walk is set to increase with the launch of a new smartphone app. The app enables students, staff and visitors to the University to take the walk in their own time at their own pace by downloading the interpretative guide on their phone or other mobile device.

"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 provides a cultural interpretation of the landscape and an experience of the connection to Country which Wurundjeri people continue to have, both physically and spiritually. 

In taking Billibellary's Walk we are encouraged to listen to the whispers and songs of the Wurundjeri people that lie within The University of Melbourne's built environment. The walk alerts us to signs that may not be apparent, and tells stories that offer insight into the experience of the Wurundjeri people of the Woiwurrung language group who have walked the grounds on which the University now stands for more than 40,000 years.

Billibellary's Walk begins near the University's Gate 3 in Swanston Street and guides the walker on a tour of the University, with ten documented stops along the way. The walk takes between one and two hours to complete, depending on the interest of participants and the time available.  The walk concludes in University Square in Grattan Street.

Hundreds of students, staff and visitors have taken the walk since it was first piloted in 2013. They tell us that the experience has helped them look at the campus with new eyes and provided them with new ways of thinking about and interpreting the lived experience of Indigenous Australians.

We hope the new mobile app will have a transformational impact on the number of people able to listen to and respond to whispers and songs of the Billibellary's people.

In addition to the smartphone app (downloadable from the App Store on your device), your can download the brochure with map and a pdf of the walk notes which documents the stories that are told at the various points of the walk.

Download the brochure and map

Download the walk notes

You can also read the story about Billibellary's Walk which appeared in Voice and watch the vodcast where members of the original research team describe how Billibellary's Walk was developed and produced.

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: shawanaa@unimelb.edu.au

Acknowledgements

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