The Bundian Way

The Bundian Way traces the easiest walking route from the tablelands to the coastal plains, a path that the Aboriginal people used in their annual migration following food sources.  It formed the basis for tracks used in the opening up of this area during the days of European settlement. Many of our roads today use the same route as that taken by the Aboriginal people in the years gone by.

The Bundian Way allowed the Aboriginal people to move freely in an area that was long thought of by European explorers as inhospitable and impassable.

 

In December 1842 a young artist, Oswald Brierly, led the Pathfinder Expedition to find a route between Twofold Bay and the Monaro. Aboriginal guide, Budginbro initially led the party along the Bundian Way. Brierly documented and sketched the first European record of the landscapes and Aboriginal cultures between Twofold Bay at Eden and the Snowy Mountains.

 

Mark McKenna, author of the award winning history of European settlement, 'Looking for Blackfellas Point', has been researching Brierly's journal and the significance of his writing and sketches. An interview with McKenna can be viewed at ABC South East NSW.

The path was subsequently developed to allow access from the Monaro to the port of Eden at a time when sea transport was the only means of delivering goods to & from Sydney. It also played a major role in the exploration and development of the Gippsland region of Victoria.

The Bundian Way is as important today as it was to the Aboriginal people of days gone by. Follow in the footsteps of the Dreamtime, absorb the characteristics of our heritage and understand the important  role the Bundian Way played in the development of our nation.

Travel the Bundian Way - follow in the footsteps of history.

 

More information from the Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council which oversees

the heritage protected route and its use for educational/tourism purposes


Historic skethch from the journal of Oswald Brierly © State Library of New South Wales 2015