A Day in the Life of a Bunganditj Person – Full Day Tour
Cultural immersion helps to improve mind, body and spirit
Join Uncle Ken on a unique Full Day adventure, exploring the stunning Limestone Coast.
Walk with Uncle Ken down into the Drowned Forest of Flint, cherish the silence. Have a close look at those casts of ancient Gum trees in the sea. Learn about the sea level rise long before the volcanic era.
Morning tea amongst some of the best Bush foods of the Limestone Coast, searched for polished sea-glass, shells and middens. Our beaches are a holiday stopover for our shorebirds and a lush seaweed garden for the fish and rock crabs.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Port McDonnell Jetty|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 15 mins before to load equipment|
Depart from Port MacDonnell Jetty
9:00am Travel in your own vehicle to Port MacDonnell Town Jetty.
9:30am Meet Bush Adventures presenter, Bunganditj Elder, Uncle Ken Jones. Get our bearings. Back on the road.
9:40am 2 kilometres west, we park our cars at the Enchanted Forest with the ancient Bunganditj Creekside campsite and big old gumtrees! Welcome to Country then back into our cars and drive a couple of kilometres to the ocean. Here we walk among the Drowned forest, learn about ancient hunting grounds now drowned forest of dreams. Walk along limestone coastal beach and Boandik shell midden.
10:20am Morning tea break at the significant site, Pleasant Cove. If the tide is low, maybe we visit the ancient freshwater soak.
10:50am In the cars again as we head west past the Lighthouse and Cape Northumberland along the sandstone ridge.
11:00am Two more km’s west, we park our cars at Green Lagoon, smell the salty delights of the Southern Ocean. Calm down, leave your bags in the car and go on a 50 metre easy walk.
We visit the “talking circle”, sit down, learn about Caring for Country and remember the past Boandik life and culture. We will discuss, mud maps, plant lists, timbers, stones, bark, useful local native plants, seed collecting equipment, coolamons, bull kelp shell bags, carrying articles and some native foods will be identified. Textures, old colours, new colours, flowers, ochre, taste-test, smells and sounds, ceremonial and spiritual journeys. Sheoak spirits, Banksia man….
3 message sticks, discussion, doing, dance, and ceremony. Photos!
5 principals of our culture, ancestral, spiritual, our land, our friends ‘n’ family, dance and Ceremony.
12:00pm Time for an early lunch. Boandik grace, ”sharing of the Southern Ocean”. Prepare and toughen up ready for a big walk.
13:00pm Walk on out into the wilderness, learn about hunting and gathering on country, seasons, preservation, trade routes, ochre, greenstone axes. Brolgas, Bunyips and Magpie Geese. Discussions about Heritage sites, trees, freshwater soaks, art, traditional food gathering and medicinal plant areas.
Talk about indicators of midden contents, shellfish, charcoal, bones, ceremonial substances, favourite healthy foods. LOL (Lots of language )
Use of natural coloured local materials in artwork. We visit Aboriginal Heritage midden sites and learn about how these coastal people lived in harmony with Caring for Country. We will also experience some stone chipping areas and other significant places of interest.
14:00pm We follow the western trade route to the Red Ochre Headland. If weather and tide permits we may visit the ancient fish traps and ceremonial areas near the Crooked Creek. Time for great Photos!
15:00pm Walk back along the soft sandy beach, past the drowned tree stumps of Ngaranga’s Drowned Forest .
15:50pm Shoes off! Dance in the shallows suck in the fresh air of The Great Southern Ocean. Photos!
Clapping sticks, video if you wish, walk up the hill, dry off those wet sandy feet, crawl into the bus.
16:10pm Off we fly, heading east. Five minutes and we are back near the lighthouse, past Shelley Beach and Pleasant Cove. The Drowned Forest is still there.
16:45pm Retun back to Port MacDonnell Jetty.
Itinerary times & other details may be subject to change.
Participants must bring:
- Comfortable walking shoes.
- Casual clothes suitable for bush, outings and events.
- Warm jacket and gloves.
- Hat and sunglasses.
- Bathers (weather dependant).
- Spare Batteries.
- Plenty of storage cards.
- Any medications.
- Personal Snacks.
- Journal for recording your adventure.
Customers should note due to weather and access conditions substitutions may occur to any location or activity.