As an elder of the Wathaurong community, I welcome you to the traditional
meeting and gathering place of the Maa:Maart and Bengali clans.
The Wathaurong people are part of the greater Kulin nation surrounding
Port Phillip and Western Port Bays. The Wathaurong area stretches
south of Geelong toward Lorne, north toward Ballarat and then south
east to the Werribee River.
Our elders have walked this land for thousands of years, living
in harmony with the rhythms of nature. The Barwon Bluff was an important
meeting and camping area for the Aboriginal community. Here they
gathered and feasted on shellfish, eels and other seafoods. It was
known as Kolo:oit which means the 'Mingling of fresh and salt water"
The cultural significance of this area is reflected in the middens
and artefacts that have been found here. There are many midden sites
on the Bluff, all of which are protected. The spiritual aspect of
the area is depicted in the contemporary Kolo:oit art work in the
Frank Ellis Reserve. The mosiacs of the bunyip, the eel, the whale
and seahorse were chosen as they were vital spirits concerned with
the health and prosperity of the people and the region.
We invite you to share the natural beauty of, and explore the cultural
and historical heritage of Barwon Heads. We ask that you respect
and protect this land and its traditions as we have done for thousands
of years, so that we may all share its beauty for generations to
Lyn McInnes - Elder