The Wiradjuri people’s presence in this district is evident in the use of indigenous words and place names. Billabong Creek, which flows through Greater Hume, is the longest creek in Australia, eventually emptying into the Murray River. The creek is a source of food, while grass seeds were and are still collected by the women in ‘coolamons’ and ground with grinding stones.
Other Aboriginal artefacts such as the stone hand axe indicate a presence of up to 60,000 years ago. The stone axes were used to strip bark off gum trees to make canoes, shields and coolamons. Most of these trees have disappeared through clearing and bushfires, but an occasional oval shaped scar, up to 2 metres by 1 metre, can still be found. The Wiradjuri people travel between the Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers during the autumn season to Tumut to trade with the coastal tribes.
Bundyi Cultural Tours
Have you ever wanted to explore the bush, but are a little worried about getting off the beaten track?
Have you ever wanted to learn more about the oldest people in the known universe, a living culture that is over 60,000 years old and that is still continuing to thrive?
Would you like to meet Australian bush animals, smell fresh air that is filled with the scents of gum tree flowers and amazing plants?
What about the chorus of many birds that sing to you as you walk ancient pathways and rivers, would you like to hear that?
Would you like to learn how a didgeridoo is made, or maybe a spear or stone axe?
How about learning to speak basic Wiradjuri language or learn more about Aboriginal Wiradjuri culture?
Well you have come to the right place.
Bundyi Cultural Tours have created special walking and bus tours that take you to those things and places that you want to learn about. Places that you have only ever dreamt about. Professional Guide and Wiradjuri man, Mark Saddler, will take you on a personal tour of his ancient country, he will take time out to stop and ensure that you can look, smell, touch and immerse yourself in his ancient country and culture. Each and every tour is designed so that you get to feel that you are also part of Mark’s amazing and connecting land.
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