Explore the Bataluk Cultural Trail

Aspects of GUNAIKURNAI Life.

GoannaThe Gunaikurnai people of East Gippsland invite you to visit the sites along the Bataluk Cultural Trail.

These are landscapes where you will be introduced to aspects of Gunaikurnai history and culture including:

  • Dreamtime Stories
  • Traditional lifestyles
  • European invasion and settlement
  • Present day life


Did you know?

Borun and Tuk, the Pelican and Musk Duck are the creators of the Gunaikurnai people.

The Bataluk Cultural Trail follows significant traditional routes used by the Gunaikurnai for over 30,000 years. With the mountains a two or three day walk to the north and the lakes and ocean one or two days walk to the south, the path which is now the South Gippsland and Princes Highways formed the backbone of the network of trails and trading routes which spanned the region.


Initiation rites for young Gunaikurnai men and women in East Gippsland in the past consisted of a progression through several stages. Initiation ceremonies were major events attended by all clans. Ceremonies would last for five days and entrance to a higher tier of knowledge and understanding was only granted when participants had reached an appropriate level of commitment and readiness.

Your journey along the Bataluk Cultural Trail will involve a similar process. The trail can be experienced in a variety of ways; you can travel from one end to the other, or you can select from the range of sites and activities to design a route, which suits your own particular interests.

The Bataluk Cultural Trail will introduce you to many aspects of Gunaikurnai life. The more time you spend and the more places along the trail you are able to visit, the greater your appreciation and understanding of Gunaikurnai culture and heritage in East Gippsland.

Site Access

For a variety of reasons such as environmental or historical sensitivity, some sites in the region are not appropriate for unrestricted access by members of the general public. We ask that you treat all sites along the trail with respect and care, to ensure that they are preserved for future generations.

Bataluk is a Gunaikurnai (pron. gun-i kurn-i) language word for lizard and the trail winds through East Gippsland like the tail of a lizard...

Bush Tucker

This video is an excerpt from the DVD - "Guide to useful Koorie plants of East Gippsland" which can be purchased from the Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place, Bairnsdale.


Bataluk Cultural Trail
Clan areas on the Bataluk Cultural Trail
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Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place
Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative
37 - 53 Dalmahoy Street
Tel: (03) 5152 1891

Visitor Information Centres Orbost  (03) 5154 2424
Lakes Entrance  (03) 5155 1966
Bairnsdale  (03) 5152 3444
Maffra  (03) 5141 1811
Sale  1800 677 520


  1. white woman's waterhole
    won wron state reserve
  2. the lagoon
    sale common state game reserve
  3. the knob reserve
  4. ramahyuck cemetery
    perry bridge
  5. den of nargun
    mitchell river national park
  6. krowathunkooloong keeping place
  7. howitt park
  8. legend rock
  9. buchan caves
  10. burnt bridge reserve
    lake tyers forest park
  11. salmon rock and gunai boardwalk
    cape conran


Please treat all sites along the trail with respect and care to ensure they are preserved for future generations.