Murrundindi playing the Didgeridoo in the garden at Healesville Sanctuary.

National Reconciliation Week

Date

Friday 27 May - Friday 3 June 2022

Time 

9am - 5pm

Cost

Free with admission

Children under 16 receive FREE entry on weekends, Victorian public holidays and Victorian Government school holidays 

Connect with culture at Healesville Sanctuary

National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. 

What's on

Get your Healesville Sanctuary map and plan your visit with free daily and weekend activities. 

Welcome to Country by Murrundindi

10.30am, Sunday 29 May
Koala Picnic Lawn

Participate in a Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder, Murrundindi and hear what Reconciliation Week means to him. 

Cultural Artefacts Display

Approx. 10.40am, Sunday 29 May
Koala Picnic Lawn

Kindly loaned by Wurundjeri Elder, Murrundindi, visitors will have the opportunity to view ancient artefacts that were used by the Wurundjeri people. 

Dark Skies

11am and 1pm, Saturday 28 May
Robert Eadie Pavilion

Join the team from the Mt Burnett Observatory to learn all about the ancient art of Aboriginal Astronomy.

For thousands of years Aboriginal people have been using the night sky to guide them across the land and to indicate seasonal changes. They skies would tell them when to hunt or not hunt, to allow the animals to reproduce and become abundant again. 

Sea of Hands

10-11am and 12-1pm, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May 
Robert Eadie Pavilion

Hands are a symbol of community support for reconciliation and respect. Contribute to reconciliation by creating a 'hands up' artwork, showing your commitment to strengthening relationships between Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island people and non-indigenous Australians.

Promise Sculpture – Sculpture

10am and 2pm, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May 
Robert Eadie Lawn

Pledge your commitment to reconciliation by writing a word associated with reconciliation on a river rock and placing it amongst others, forming a promise circle.

Artist in Residence – Angie Cleaver

11am - 3pm, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May
Heritage Shelter

Join Angie, fro​m Angie's Indigenous Art, as she creates and talks about Aboriginal culture. 

Aboriginal Stories in the Book Nook

Daily self-guided
Robert Eadie Pavilion

Sit by the fire and enjoy a story of Aboriginal culture, including ‘Welcome to Country’ by Aunty Joy Murphy, and ‘Young Dark Emu’ by Bruce Pascoe. 

Indigenous Art Exhibition

11am - 3pm, Daily. Curator Talk at 11am and 2pm, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May
Wirrigirri

Curated by local indigenous gallery owner, Christine Joy, you can learn about indigenous art, it’s significance, and connection to country. 

Aboriginal Culture with Indigenous artist Nikki Browne

10am - 12pm and 1pm – 3pm, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May
Wirrigirri

Join local Bidjara Woman and artist, Nikki Browne to explore and connect to culture through art.

Aunty Sherree with artefacts

10.30am – 3pm, Thursday 3 June
Opposite Koala Dindi

Meet Aunty Sherree as she shares artefacts and stories from her culture.

Wurundjeri Walk Self-Guided Tour

Daily self-guided
Wurundjeri Walk

Immerse yourself in culture as you explore Wurundjeri Walk at Healesville Sanctuary. The walk will take you on a journey where you’ll learn about Indigenous Elder, William Barak, hear dreaming stories from four generations of Elders, and see an ancient Scar Tree. 

On Wednesday 1 June, Cultural Education Officer Lisa Hodgson will be down at Wurundjeri Walk to share her knowledge, talk about Aboriginal culture and answer any of your questions.