Our Country is the land, the rivers and the ocean, the people and the stories, the past and the future. All of it is connected. All of it is important to us. Country heals us and connects us to our ancestors, our culture and our history…
As Gunaikurnai, we see our land (Wurruk), waters (Yarnda), air (Watpootjan) and every living thing as one.
All things come from Wurruk, Yarnda and Watpootjan and they are the spiritual life-giving resources, providing us with resources and forming the basis of our cultural practices.
We have a cultural responsibility to ensure that all of it is looked after.
The GLaWAC On Country team plays an active role in ensuring the protection, preservation, rehabilitation and sustainable use of our Country as guided by the Gunaikurnai Whole of Country Plan.
Our Country is diverse and fertile. It includes the southern slopes of Victoria’s alpine ranges and the grassy plains that sit at their feet.
We have isolated beaches and temperate forests, and our lakes and coastal lagoons form the largest navigable network of inland waterways in Australia and are host to internationally significant wetlands.
Our Sea Country is equally important, with a huge diversity of marine life that supports rich tourism and fishing industries.
A journey through Gunaikurnai Country is a journey of learning and respecting.
Whether visiting one of our 10 joint managed parks and reserves or travelling the Bataluk Trail, visitors will be introduced to many aspects of Gunaikurnai life.
The more time you spend and the more places you visit, the greater appreciation and understanding of Gunaikurnai Country and culture you’ll gain.