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Like a Supermarket.
The wetlands may be reached either via Lake Guthridge, which is right beside the Princes Highway/South Gippsland Highway intersection in Sale, or by turning off the South Gippsland Highway about 1km out of town. The turnoff is well signposted. Further information may be obtained at the Sale Visitor Information centre.
The wetlands were like a supermarket for the GUNAIKURNAI people of the area. A walk around Lake Guthridge to the Sale Common boardwalks reveals numerous plants and birds which were sources of food and other important raw materials.
"Koories learned from the land, and managed to sustain themselves for 60,000 years. We need to aim for a similar understanding, and to value the vast resources of our unique Australian flora, already so well adapted to the land. We have yet to develop a sustainable agriculture in Australia, and our challenge is to match the span of Koorie survival."
B. Gott. 1992, 'Koorie Use and Management of the Plains' Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Monash University
Gippsland Redgum. Eucalyptus tereticornis subsp. mediana
This scar was created when the Gunaikurnai removed bark for a canoe. Scar trees like this one are living heritage and are protected under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006.
Please treat all sites along the trail with respect and care to ensure they are preserved for future generations.
Development of the Bataluk Cultural trail is a joint initiative of the Far East Gippsland Aboriginal Corporation, Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative, Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust, Moogji Aboriginal Council, Ramahyuck Aboriginal Corporation, East Gippsland Shire Council and Wellington Shire Council.