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wawa Euroa Wayilak

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Duration

2 hours

Location

The Euroa Arboretum, Euroa, Victoria

Operates

School holidays 2024: 23 Jan, 9 Apr

Minimum Guests

10

Maximum Guests

25

Price

From Adult $90AUD pp, Child $60 AUD pp

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This wawa Euroa wayilak (young people) experience provides children aged 5-12 years with an introduction to Taungurung culture, specifically around cultural use of plants for food, medicine, and tools, all within the wonderfully engaging setting of the Euroa Arboretum. This experience is a fun and immersive way for children and parents to develop or deepen their own connection to Country through hands on activities led by Taungurung guides.

We start with a traditional Welcome Smoking Ceremony which many wayilak may not have experienced before. Next, we embark on a sensory journey to learn about the ways that Taungurung culture is connected to plants – this includes tasting bush foods, identifying plants through smell, finding and grinding seeds for food and listening for frogs, insects and birds as indicators of healthy eco-systems.  We’ll have damper and tea, teach them a dance and finish with an art class to make a unique keepsake that tells their own story of what they’ve learned from the experience. We meet, we mingle, we move, we make. We look forward to welcoming you.

Inclusions

Two Taungurung guides, Welcome Smoking Ceremony, Sensory plant journey including bush tucker tasting, damper and tea, art class and wooden leaf for each child to take home

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Experience details

2-hour cultural experience

Commences at the Euroa Arboretum at 10am and concludes there at 12.00pm

Toilets are available onsite

A morning tea is provided – dietary requirements can be met upon request

Art class - all materials provided

Carparking is available at the Euroa Arboretum entrance or at the picnic shelter, adjacent to the sculpture wall.

For detailed accessibility information please contact us hello@wawabiik.com.au

Please bring

A hat, sunglasses, sunscreen

A raincoat

Comfortable walking shoes

Reusable water bottle

Personal medications if required

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Getting there

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The Euroa Arboretum is located at 76 Euroa Main Road, Euroa, VIC 3666. If travelling by car, there is vehicle parking at the entrance. From the welcome sign, take the short board walk adjacent to the lake for 20m before turning right. From here, head for the picnic shelter 200m ahead. Toilet facilities are on your left. For a detailed map of the Euroa Arboretum, see here.

If you are travelling from Melbourne along the Hume Highway, after taking the Euroa exit, the Euroa Arboretum is on the right-hand side before reaching town.

Euroa is also serviced by public transport. For details see www.vline.com.au.

The train station is a 10-15minute bike ride from the Arboretum or a 45min walk.

There are multiple electric vehicle charging stations available in Euroa.

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In the Media

wawa biik features in a range of publications, websites and across news outlets as we highlight the Taungurung story alongside the experiences offered.

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