The Bundian Way is currently in development to become a connected walking track, but is not open for walkers yet. To get a taste of the Bundian Way, you are invited to experience the Whale Dreaming Trail and Story Trail in Eden which are proudly presented by Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council. These stunning trails will ultimately be linked to the 365km Bundian Way.
We rise before Gugunyal (kookaburra) wakes to lead the morning bird song. Soon we will leave Turemulerrer for Maneroo, and the Bogong moth ceremonies of Targangal. As we travel the Bundian Way our ancestor spirits sing to us. For thousands of years, since the Dreamtime, this has been the way, taking care of our land, connecting country, taking care of each other.
Along the Bundian Way you will encounter a wide variety of flora and fauna, from wedge-tailed eagles that soar over the Monaro tablelands, to edible tart lilly pilly berries that dot the track in summer, and magnificent humpback whales that cruise the deep waters of Turemulerrer (Twofold Bay) on their annual southern migration.
Follow the steps of the Bundian Way on this 1.8km walk from Cocora Beach to Quarantine Bay in Eden, with sweeping coastal views and stories about the people who have walked this trail for thousands of years. Get a glimpse into the rich cultural history of this ancient pathway, which continues on for 365km to Targangal at the top of Australia.
The Bundian Way is a pathway from the sea to the mountains. A 365km pathway of shared Aboriginal and European history that leads through a remarkable variety of bush landscapes, across plains and mountain ranges, between Turemulerrer (Twofold Bay) and Targangal (Mount Kosciuszko), the highest point on the Australian mainland.
The Bundian Way is an ancient pathway for Aboriginal people from Yuin, Ngarigo, Jaitmathang, Bidawal Country that provided safe passage between the coast and the high country. Travel along the pathway allowed different tribal groups to gather on the shores of Turemulerrer (Twofold Bay) during the spring whale migration and ceremonial places near Targangal (Mount Kosciuszko) for the Bogong gatherings in summer.
Aboriginal people were early guides to the colonial surveyors and settlers. Travelling stockmen went on to use the Bundian Way when moving stock to fresh pastures, and today’s visitors can see many examples of two cultures using the one trail to access food, shelter and community.
Scarred trees and early examples of Aboriginal crop cultivation dot the track, and bimbola shells, an Aboriginal salt water food, turn up many miles from the sea. Travellers may also see trees marked by colonial explorers, stockmen’s trails, huts and homestead ruins.
Today the Bundian Way is sometimes an established trail, sometimes a minor country road, and also a rough track through wilderness woodlands or tall forests. But always it is there. Always the Bundian Way, waiting to safely show people a route between the sea and the mountains.
In 2013 the NSW Government officially recognised the Bundian Way’s cultural, historical and wilderness significance with a Heritage listing.
The Bundian Way is currently in development to become a connected walking track, but is not open for walkers yet. To get a taste of the Bundian Way, you are invited to experience the Whale Dreaming Trail and Story Trail in Eden and the Bundian Way Art Gallery in Delegate which are proudly presented by Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council.
“More than a narrative of individual histories, more than an imprint of culture, the Bundian Way is the collective narrative of the country we all call home.” Les Kosez (Chair, Bundian Way Committee)