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Aboriginal History and Heritage

10,000 years in the making.

With the Murray River as a constant source of food and water, Aboriginal people are believed to have lived in the Swan Hill region for the last 9,000 to 13,000 years. The original custodians of the lands are the Latji Latji, Tati Tati, Wamba Wemba, Barapa Barapa and the Wadi Wadi Nations. The strong cultural connection to the land for Aboriginal people continue to this day.

Before European settlement in the nineteenth century, the Wamba-Wemba occupied the area around the Loddon River, reaching northwards from Kerang, Victoria to Swan Hill, and including the area of the Avoca River, southwards towards Quambatook. To this day they have a deep connection to the country and strong community ties.

The Robinvale region remains an important location for the indigenous Latje Latje people, traditional owners of this land. Reminders of their pre-colonial history can still be seen today. Head just north-east of Robinvale to Bumbang Island, a nature reserve where evidence of Aboriginal communities, structures and more than 700 scarred canoe trees can be found. Note that permission to visit Bumbang Island must be obtained by the Murray Valley Aboriginal Co-operative. Check with the Visitor Information Centre for more details.

Make sure you discover more about the region's rich and fascinating Aboriginal culture and history by visiting the Story Wall at the southern end of the lake in Lake Boga or the river walk in Swan Hill or visit the Aboriginal Ring Tree located just south of Tooleybuc, a fascinating example of a tribal territorial marker.