Indigenous Culture and Heritage
Heritage is important to our community and survives for future generations to view, understand and appreciate. East Gippsland’s heritage is part of the rich tapestry of who we are as a community and connects us with our past.
The Traditional inhabitants of the Gippsland region were the Gunaikurnai people. Swan Reach was the central corroboree point for the five clans of the Kurnai. Our region's history is rich in their culture and heritage.
The Bataluk Cultural Trail is a wonderful insight into the culture and heritage of the traditional inhabitants of East Gippsland. It is a story of where they came from and what they encountered. It is rich in meaning and sometimes harsh in reality. It provides explanations of indigenous heritage sites and information on a variety of cultural aspects.
Krowathunkooloong (Keeping Place) East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative
The Krowathunkooloong Cultural Museum provides an in-depth look at the indigenous history of the Gunai-Kurnai people from pre-European settlement through to the present day. History, heritage and culture of the Koorie people of East Gippsland unfold through imaginative displays of items like shields with traditional markings, boomerangs, bark canoes and baskets. The living cultural side is reflected in an exhibition area housing contemporary Koorie art and staff are on hand to give additional insights.
37-53 Dalmahoy Street, Bairnsdale 3875
Phone: 03 5152 1891
Hours: Monday-Friday 9.00 am-5.00 pm, weekends by appointment
East Gippsland Heritage Network (EGHN)
Working to identify and protect the region’s unique heritage through the efforts of its members.
Buchan Heritage Group
East Gippsland Family History Group
East Gippsland History Society
Gelantipy and District History Society
Lakes Entrance Family History Resource Centre
Lakes Entrance Regional History Society
Mallacoota and District History Society
Omeo and District Historical Society
Orbost Historical Society
By mail C/- Secretary, PO Box 820 Bairnsdale Vic 3875
The Bataluk Cultural Trail introduces you to the many aspects of Gunaikurnai life. The more time you spend and the more along the trail you are able to visit, the greater your appreciation and understanding of the Gurniakurnai culture and heritage in East Gippsalnd.