A look at the map and the landscape of the inner bayside suburbs is a stark reminder of the longevity of the Yalukut Weelam and the strength of their tradition. For thousands of years they walked, hunted, gathered and lived on the lands that we enjoy every day. Here are some bayside highlights.
(Port Phillip Bay)
The Yalukut Weelam's strong oral tradition has long claimed that twice in the past 10,000 years, Nerm, or Port Phillip Bay as we now know it, was dry land and fertile kangaroo ground where their ancestors hunted. Ancestors used to be able to walk to Geelong and Tasmania.
(Perc White Reserve)
This is four hectares of the original sand dune landscape of the Yalukut Weelam. The Maritime Cove Community Park and playground now sits at the beach end of the reserve.
|Port Melbourne Beach|
Near the site of today's Port Melbourne Yacht Club, the Yalukut Weelam were misunderstood by early settlers, who were alarmed to see the Yalukut Weelam burn back country to foster food plants, access and pasture for kangaroo.
The Yalukut Weelam travelled annually around the Port Phillip Bay coastline from Sandridge to Kullurk at Balnarring, then inland to the Dandenong foothills, before returning to Port Phillip in warmer weather.
|West Beach Natural History Reserve|
A four-kilometre walking trail starts here. Salt marsh was an important habitat with 31 species found at West Beach, including strand sedge, salt-grass, hairy spinifex and seablite.