Before European Settlement, this area was originally inhabited by the Tattyara and Wotjobaluk tribe who followed the water trail through the area when the swamps were full.
Locally we have several sites including: The scar tree just a short walk from the Caravan park. It is believed to be a message tree, locatedon South Kaniva Rd, just off Budjik St. (Budjik means Stone Axe and was the name the town was originally known as.)
Mooree Reservewas used as a camping ground, although all the scar trees have been removed, many locals comment that it still retains a special presence of place. Poocher Swamp near Bordertown is well worth a visit too. Nhill swamp wildlife reserve was their spirit place and corroboree ground, it is still a peaceful and tranquil place to visit
In the area:
Dimboola Historical Museum is located in the old courthouse at 67 Lloyd St and has information on the local Aboriginals who lived along the Wimmera River.Stories from the Ebeneezer Mission, established 1859, give great insight into this era
The Horsham silo tells the story of Dick-a-Dick, a Wotjobaluk tracker responsible for finding the three Duff children lost in the Australian bush for 9 days in 1864. A cairn at Jane Duff Highway Park commemorates the site on the Natimuk- Frances Rd.
Brambruk in the Grampians is under renovations and closed at the moment. This centre offers extensive information on local Aboriginal culture, art, history and rock sites along with a bush tucker cafe.
The Wimmera Pioneer Museumin Jeparit is open daily and has an interesting display of artefacts from the area along with its main attraction of a pioneer village.
Sheep Hills Silos features an Indigenous mural painted by Adnate.
Kaniva, first and last highway town in Victoria. Gateway to the Wimmera Mallee Silo Art Trail. Home of Sheep Art.
Visitor Information Centre, 41 Commercial St, Kaniva, Vic. Ph (03) 5314 9083 Open Weekdays 8am - 4pm, Saturdays & selected public holidays 9am - 2pm.