Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the sacred lands on which we work. We pay our respects to the people of the Kulin Nations and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past present and future.

We recognise all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first storytellers; and that knowledge transfer through storytelling is imbedded in the very DNA of this Country.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material.

Dive deep into a cultural, ecological & historical journey of knowledge. Wemba/Wergaia man Dean Stewart will inspire you to connect with the hidden stories of our River; the Birrarung/Yarra.

This engaging journey peels away the layers of time and place. It evokes the memories of a vibrant natural and cultural landscape, revealing the
dramatic irrevocable changes of both people, and the land.

This walk uncovers the deep memories which lie beneath our shared modern urban existence of today. Come and dispel some old misunderstandings, hear the stories, and see a city with new eyes.

Walkin Country, Walkin Birrarung is not only a cultural, ecological and historical journey but is an intimate personal one, connecting everyone regardless of age or background back to a connection with Place.

Bookings essential. Tours are approximately 2 hours, requires low impact walking and no bathroom available during the tour. Kids 5 years and under are free, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Tour begins at: Enterprize Park (next to the Sealife Aquarium).

Look out for Blak & Bright signage.

Tour concludes at: Southbank Shop Plaza near Flinders St Station footbridge 


Dean Stewart

Dean Stewart has worked for over 20 years within management roles in both Environmental and Cultural organisations. Working for almost 10 years as the Community Revegetation Project Co-ordinator, for Eltham and then Nillumbik Councils. Dean co-ordinated all environmental on-the-ground project works from Diamond Creek up to Kinglake and from Plenty River to Warrandyte. With groups…