Tahbilk Winery & Wetlands, Victoria
You are invited to say wawa (hello) to Taungurung biik (Country) and our passionate Taungurung guides as we reveal the rich layers of living culture embodied in the land and waterways of Nagambie in Central Victoria.
For tens of thousands of years pre-colonisation, the waterways of the waring (Goulburn River) and its lush tributaries have sustained seasonal food sources and a nourishing cultural life for the Taungurung people, and in return, the Taungurung people have cared for and sustained this place. Biik has been profoundly changed by colonisation, yet our cultural relationship and responsibilities to biik remain. Journey with us to understand our cultural values and our story of biik – past, present, and future, specifically relating to the story of baan (water) – the lifeblood of biik.
We take you to a special place that holds deep cultural value. It is here that you can learn about the ingenuity and way of life of our Ancestors who survived by reading and adapting to the changing conditions of these floodplains. Understand what our People are doing today to protect our cultural heritage and biik for future generations. Take part in a traditional Welcome Smoking Ceremony, spend time yarning with two Taungurung leaders, connect with our beautiful waterways onboard a cruise through the wetlands of tabilk-tabilk (place of many waterholes), enjoy a Taungurung-led walk along the Indigenous flora trail and finally, take time to reflect and give thanks to the resilience of biik.
This 4-hour cultural experience departs and ends at Tahbilk Winery - Wetlands View Restaurant, includes travel by wawa biik 4WD vehicle to a cultural site, provides quality time with two Taungurung guides, a traditional Welcome Smoking Ceremony, morning tea using delicious bush foods, a cruise on the Tahbilk wetlands, and plenty of opportunities to ask questions about our culture and what you can do to support Taungurung Country and community aspirations.
A two-course lunch with glass of wine at Tahbilk Winery and Restaurant.
Departs from Tahbilk Restaurant carpark at 9.00am and concludes at this location by 1.00pm.
Requires a short bus journey and boat journey. The bus can be boarded by a small step up or via a wheelchair lift. The boat is accessed via a ramp.
Roughly 1 km of flat walking on uneven ground is required
We will have one and a half hours without access to a toilet.
A morning tea is provided – dietary requirements can be met upon request
Parking is available at the Tahbilk Wetlands View Restaurant carpark
A hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
Comfortable enclosed walking shoes (no open toed shoes allowed)
Reusable water bottle
Personal medications if required
Tahbilk Winery and Wetlands is located just outside of Nagambie in the wetlands of Taungurung Country at
142 Mulberry Dr, Tabilk VIC 3608.
Via car, Tahbilk is 90 minutes from Melbourne along the Hume Highway. Follow the signs for the Tahbilk Wetlands View Restaurant once through the front entrance.
Via public transport, Nagambie can be accessed via train and bus. For details see www.vline.com.au Tahbilk Winery is approximately 30min via bicycle from Nagambie town. There are bicycle racks available
in front of the Cellar Door.