Historical context

At the time of settlement, the Wadawurrung were a powerful and populous tribe that included at least 25 clans occupying a territory of 120 by 150 kilometres.

Their lands included woodlands of the Otway Ranges, ocean and bay coasts, grasslands, lakes and wetlands of the volcanic plains, and woodlands of the central Victorian dividing range.

They are one of the five peoples of the Kulin Nation, which also includes:

  • the Bun Wurrung (of Port Phillip and lands east thereof)
  • the Woi Wurrung (of Melbourne and the plain north thereof)
  • the Daung Wurrung (central-east Victoria) and
  • the Djadja Wurrung (central Victoria)

Alternative names and name spellings

  • Wathaurong
  • Watha Wurrung
  • Wadha Wurrung
  • Wadouro
  • Wathwurrung

Wadawurrung man in a bark canoe on the Barwon River – Geelong

Pictured above: Wadawurrung man in a bark canoe on the Barwon River – Geelong






Page last updated: Monday, 5 August 2019

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