Get in touch with the history of the First Nation’s people of our region and discover the strong connection the local Wiradjuri people have with the river and country.
Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk
Yindyamarra, also spelt Indyamarra, is a powerful value of respect — to be gentle, polite, honour and do slowly. It is the heart of our way of being and doing. Wiradjuri Law demands that we have profound respect for each other, and we do things slowly and with care.
Walk, cycle, or simply meander through this beautiful stretch of the Murray River. The Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk is 5 km each way, with two shorter loop options. The trail features a series of stunning sculptures created by local Indigenous artists. The sculptures are accompanied by interpretative panels and tell the story of the cultural significance of the Murray River.
The Crossing Place Trail
The Crossing Place Trail is located near the original crossing places of the Murray River – at the junctions of the Murray River and Bungambrawatha Creek and the Murray River and Oddies Creek. The trail is a 5.1 kilometre loop, featuring sculptural works from local Aboriginal artists. Along the trail is the story of Yarre the Mailman, evidence of a scar tree and information about the importance of the billabong environment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The trail is set in a natural environment of gum trees and keen observers will notice an array of wildlife including platypus, dunnarts, antechinus, water rats, wedge-tailed eagles and the rare black-billed spoonbills.
Yeddonba Aboriginal Cultural Site
Located at the base of Mt Pilot, in the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park, the Yeddonba Aboriginal Cultural Site illustrates the art of the Dhudhuroa people, the dominant indigenous clan of the area. Containing many significant areas such as a rock shelter and bush tucker area, the site is of particular archaeological importance as it features an Aboriginal red-ochre painting. Although the ochre on the rocks has mostly worn away, it’s believed to be a painting of a Tasmanian tiger (thylacine). What’s left is a faint outline that can be seen and understood with the help of the interpretive sign. The short 1km loop takes in all the significant sites.
In partnership with the local Aboriginal community, the Albury LibraryMuseum has developed a powerful permanent exhibition to highlight Aboriginal heritage and recognise the traditional knowledge and significant artefacts of the Wiradjuri region. Wiradjuri Talkback explores the history of our Wiradjuri country and what it means to be Aboriginal in Albury Wodonga today. Among the exhibits are original artefacts such as a preserved canoe scar tree, Riverina bark painting, historic sketches by Tommy McRae, and tools that celebrate local Aboriginal traditions and knowledge.
Join a guided tour
There’s no better way to learn more about local Indigenous culture than to listen to stories and share the rich history. Located in the Riverina region near Wagga Wagga, Bundyi Cultural Tours run full-day tours hosted by local Wiradjuri guide, Mark Saddler.
Partnering with leading Victorian art gallery Aboriginal Exhibitions, Quest Albury on Townsend has more than 170 original paintings and prints adorning their walls. Pop in and look around the Atrium Gallery or stay the night in one of their Studio Art Suites, including original paintings from celebrated Lockhart River (Cape York) artists Fiona Omeenyo, Patrick Butcher Jnr, Silas Hobson, and Rosella Namok.
Find your way to Burraja Gallery in the heart of Albury, the only art gallery dedicated to local First Nations artists who live, work and create in the region.