Taking the Journey on Wadawurrung Country

Featured artist Ferne Millen with Talia, a proud Wadawurrung Woman and Wadawurrung Traditional Owner Aboriginal Corporation language officer. (Louisa Jones) 410302_06

A new immersive experience in Torquay allows people to learn about Wadawurrung People, Culture and Country.

Yaneekan-werreeyt Wadawurrung Dja, or Journey on Wadawurrung Country, launched on May 27 at Torquay’s Grant Pavilion, features portraits and voices of Wadawurrung Elders and Country.

The free exhibition by the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, along with artists Ferne Millen and Vicki Hallett, is open from 10am to 3pm daily to June 16 (excluding June 10).

Wadawurrung Woman and Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation Cultural Strengthening general manager Corrina Eccles said there was a chance for people “to reflect and connect to Wadawurrung Country”.

“We invite you to listen with your heart, see with your soul and feel with your spirit. Take a Journey on Wadawurrung Country beside us,” she said.

“The exhibition is honouring our Wadawurrung Elders and their bravery in sharing their stories and knowledge of identity, Country and family.

“We ask people to come and immerse themselves in the beautiful portraits of Wadawurrung Elders and People and deeply listen to the stories they bravely share.”

Surf Coast Shire mayor Liz Pattison said the exhibition gave the community a “rare opportunity to share in deep listening in a powerful and affecting way”.

“All who view, listen to and absorb this exhibition will go away far richer for the experience,” she said.

“We acknowledge the generosity, strength and grace of Elders who have shared their stories as part of the exhibition.

“It is an honour for council to be able to Acknowledge National Reconciliation Week by supporting an event with the depth, meaning and resonance of Journey on Wadawurrung Country.”

Visit surfcoast.vic.gov.au/journey for more information about Journey on Wadawurrung Country.