Knob Reserve

The Knob was traditionally a common ground for the five clans of the Gunaikurnai. Aboriginal people would travel for days to join great meetings where they would feast, share information, trade goods and practice corroborees and other cultural ceremonies.

— Gunaikurnai Whole of Country Plan

The Knob Reserve is a small but significant site on Brayakaulung country, 3km from the township of Stratford, which is owned by the Gunaikurnai people and jointly managed by Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation and the Victorian Government.

In recognition of its significance to Gunaikurnai people, the Knob Reserve was chosen as the place where our 2010 Native Title determination was signed, and many family days and cultural festivals are still held at the site.

It is also used by many groups and individuals from Stratford and surrounding communities for sports, cultural events and recreation, including the Stratford Pony Club; local schools and by members of the local community for weddings and other small gatherings.

Because of the high concentration of artefacts in the Reserve and surrounding areas, our primary aim is to manage the impacts of users of the Knob Reserve in a way that protects our cultural heritage values and doesn’t cause harm.

Booking the Knob Reserve

The Knob Reserve can be booked by community groups and individuals, subject to a license or permit being granted. 

Anyone can apply to book the Reserve for an event by completing the form or by downloading a version here and returning it via email to GLaWAC.

You can also contact GLaWAC to discuss the booking process on 03 5152 5100 or via email at theknobreserve@glawac.com.au

All permits are subject to standard terms and conditions designed to protect the values of the reserve, and bookings for large groups (50+) will require the permit holder to provide temporary toilet facilities to accommodate their event. 

While there is no formal permit fee structure at this stage, all permit holders are required to make a donation to the committee. 

The committee is currently considering the development of more detailed fee structures and booking guidelines.