- For Kids
Gardens joins The Long Walk
Melbourne Gardens is proud to be a part of the 10th anniversary celebrations for The Long Walk, an iconic event that raises awareness to improve and support the well-being and life opportunities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
The Long Walk was inspired by AFL champion Michael Long who walked from Melbourne to Canberra in 2004 to put the lives of Indigenous people on the national agenda.
This year’s event features a ‘Fun Walk’ around The Tan. As part of this 3.8km walk, participants will enter the Gardens via A Gate and walk along the Gardens’ northern border before crossing Long Island and exiting the Gardens via H Gate on Alexandra Avenue. Long Island is home to a wide range of indigenous plants that are representative of the native vegetation that would have grown in this area prior to European settlement.
As they walk from A to H Gate, Fun Walkers can take part in a welcome smoking ceremony, discover Indigenous artefacts and tools, learn how to make string, leave their mark in ochre, and find out more about the traditional uses of plants on Long Island.
Participants will also receive a 2-for-1 pass for an Aboriginal Heritage Walk where they can learn more about Indigenous culture.
Register to walk or find out more at The Long Walk.