Join us at the sacred Wurundjeri site, at Pound Bend Tunnel Reserve Warrandyte, for a great family day of traditional Aboriginal games, mini Olympics style!

Games leaders Uncle Bill Nicholson and Mandy Nicholson will guide you through traditional team challenges, such as throwing a ‘wit wit’, boomerang or (blunt) spear, marngrook (traditional football) tool making and campfire challenges. Fun cultural prizes will be awarded to the standout teams.

Starting with a traditional Wurundjeri Welcome and Smoking Ceremony, there will be traditional face painting, didgeridoo, dance and artefacts displays. Be sure to make time during your visit to enjoy the “Wurundjeri Stories” interactive signage trail, meandering along an easy 1km river-side track, capturing the remarkable Aboriginal history, culture and people associated with Pound Bend.

Venue:  Pound Bend Tunnel Reserve – parking is available on site, please follow the directional signage at the park entry towards the ‘Tunnel’ and ‘Picnic area’ Or park in the area above the Tunnel, across from entrance to the Picnic Area.
Time: 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Cost: Free

Further Information:

  • Please BYO Picnic food, picnic rugs/deck chairs
  • Coffee Cart will be on site for hot & cold drinks and snacks
  • Please wear comfortable clothes and runners
  • Suitable for all ages and abilities
  • Site is accessible for assisted wheel chairs and prams

Children should be supervised by an adult at all times as this event is alongside the river

For more information please contact Cultural Services on 9840 9246 or email events@manningham.vic.gov.au.

Proudly presented by Manningham Council in partnership with Bunjil’s Country, Wurundjeri Tribe Council and Parks Victoria.


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Indigenous Storytelling for Kids
3:45 pm workshop with cultural educator
Wamba Wamba man Ron Murray, whose warmth, compassion and knowledge raises awareness and is
“a joy to experience” suitable for 9-12 year olds.  At Bundoora Homestead Art Centre 7 – 27 Snake Gully Rd, Bundoora in conjunction with the exhibition: RE-VISIONING HISTORIES.  Bookings at the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre website:



Dust of the Mindye

“The Dust of The Mindye” with foreword by Wurundjeri Elder & Manager of Wurundjeri Cultural Heritage Council’s Education Programs, addresses “Australia’s Pock-Marked History – The use of Biological Warfare In the Conquest of Australia.” Uncle Bill says, “Jim’s ability to find contextual meaning shines through in the Dust of the Mindye.  His gifts as a story-teller are complemented by his intellectual skills and training as a forensic investigator. The result is a compellingly readable book that unfolds like a novel.”

Batman's 'Treaty'

“Batman’s ‘Treaty’ – The True Story. The validity of Batman’s version of his famous negotiations with the Wurundjeri to purchase land for the future site of Melbourne is freshly challenged in this brief and eye-opening account.    “Batman inspired passionate feelings either for or against him, in practically everyone he met or who viewed him through the prism of history.” Here we are treated to a fascinating and detailed analysis of both sides of the story.





REFLECTIVE CEREMONY Bolin-Bolin Billabong: Feb 2016

Uncle Bill Nicholson, Jim Poulter & Gwyn Roberts


February 10th 2016 (Ash Wednesday) members of Reconciliation Manningham attended a special reflective ceremony at Bolin-Bolin Billabong. Organised by the Manningham Uniting Church representative the event drew on commonalities within Aboriginal, Celtic and Judeo-Christian faiths. About fifty people enjoyed the special spiritual qualities of this traditional gathering place, as well as participating in an uplifting smoking ceremony and ritual ash marking conducted by Wurundjeri Elder, Uncle Bill Nicholson and his son Will.
Gwyn Roberts from Uniting Church & Reconciliation Manningham is seen here with Jim Poulter, RM Secy and Uncle Bill Nicholson, Wurundjeri Elder. The event was fittingly accompanied by evocative sounds of the didgeridoo played by Frank O’Neill.

Dreamtime Storytime


Wednesday 28 May 2014: 11:00am – 11:45am, Doncaster Library MC², Ground Floor, 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster 3108

Elder Uncle John Baxter will delight children with his dreamtime stories and fun exploration of Aboriginal Arts and Culture. Session ideal for children up to 5years. Visit: wml.vic.gov.au

Free event, no bookings required. Contact Name Laura Tan Phone Number (03) 9877 8500 or laura.tan@wml.vic.gov.au

Wurundjeri Stories at Pound Bend: Interpretive Trail Walk

Wurundjeri tories

Tuesday 3 June, 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
Pound Bend – Warrandyte State Park, Lower Tunnel Car Park
(follow the directional arrows), Pound Bend Road, Warrandyte

Uncle Bill Nicholson will guide a Wurundjeri Stories easy trail walk at Pound Bend, taking a journey back in time to traditional days when the Wurundjeri people cared for the country around Pound Bend. He will share his ancestors stories of survival, hope and loss that was associated with this sacred site, which is one of the most significant sites in Melbourne in terms of Aboriginal removal from traditional lands.

Children will enjoy interactive challenges along the trail walk ,so please bring the family and prepare for wet weather.