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Indigenous Culture and Heritage

The Shire works in partnership with the Bairnsdale NAIDOC Week Committee to present key events to celebrate NAIDOC Week each year.


NAIDOC Week is held on the second week of July.


For a full list of East Gippsland events call Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative (GEGAC) on 5150 0700.

Further information: Ruth Fitzclarence 5153 9500.


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.


Krowathunkoolong Contact

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


EGHN Contact

By mail C/- Secretary, PO Box 820 Bairnsdale Vic 3875


The Bataluk Cultural Trail

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.


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.



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