This walking tour of 14 significant Aboriginal sites will take you from Melbourne's Fitzroy Gardens to the harbour at Docklands. You'll see artefacts of Aboriginal history and culture including scarred trees, historical meeting places and monuments.

The City of Melbourne respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Bunurong Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation and pays respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.

For the Kulin Nation, Melbourne has always been an important meeting place for events of social, educational, sporting and cultural significance. Today, Melbourne is a significant gathering place for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Bronze statue of Pastor Sir Douglas and Lady Gladys Nicholls Memorial surrounded by trees.

1. Pastor Sir Douglas and Lady Gladys Nicholls Memorial

This monument in Parliament Gardens honours two prominent Indigenous leaders and traditional owners.

2. Paving inlay

This granite and brass paving inlay at Parliament House uses a circa 1880 painting by William Barak.
The trunk of a scarred tree in the Fitzroy Gardens.

3. Scarred tree, Fitzroy Gardens

Scarred trees have had bark removed by Aboriginal people to create canoes, shelters and shields.

4. Aboriginal flag

The flag above Town Hall acknowledges Aboriginal people as the Traditional Custodians of the land.
Outdoor Aboriginal art installation at Birrarung Marr park.

5. Birrarung Marr

This popular park next to Federation Square features some striking Aboriginal art.

6. Kings Domain Resting Place

A monument marking the remains of Aboriginal people repatriated from the Museum of Victoria.

7. Gayip (from 'The Travellers' installation)

This installation celebrates Aboriginal presence and the meeting of cultures through migration.

8. Paving inlay

This plaque at the Immigration Museum commemorates the race won by an Aboriginal schoolboy in 1876.
Carved and decorated trees, as part of the Scar artwork.

9. Scar – A Stolen Vision

This artwork, located in Enterprize Park, is made from 30 recycled pier posts.

10. Eagle

Standing 25 metres tall, this artwork pays tribute to Bunjil, the Kulin Nation’s creator spirit.
Webb Bridge crossing the Yarra River.

11. Webb Bridge

The design of this pedestrian and cycling bridge was inspired by an Aboriginal eel trap.

12. Buluk Park

Now a park, this area once provided local Aboriginal people with plentiful food.
Reed Vessel by Virginia King.

13. Reed Vessel

Virginia King’s artwork in Docklands embraces themes of migration, passage and survival.
Standing by Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner, by Brook Andrew and Trent Walter.

14. Standing by Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner

This artwork commemorates two Aboriginal men who were publicly hanged in Melbourne in 1842.

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