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Jason Tamiru playing the didgeridoo at the Yalinguth Birrarung launch event
Yalinguth Birrarung launch event in Fed Square with Aunty Carolyn Briggs welcoming the audience
an audience at a Yalinguth Walking Tour Event in Fitzroy.

Yalinguth Birrarung – Aboriginal history guided walking tour with special guests

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Uncle Bobby Nicholls, Aunty Denise McGuinness, Uncle Colin Hunter, Aunty Rieo Ellis, Uncle Rob Bundle, Jason Tamiru, Storyscape, RMIT University (Master of Animation, Games and Interactivity), Melbourne School of Design (The University of Melbourne), and Max Piantoni.


Yalinguth (meaning 'yesterday' in Woi Wurrung) is an award-winning augmented audio app connecting people to place and history through soundscapes and stories told by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

In keeping with oral traditions and to minimise screens, Yalinguth is expressed entirely through sound. The overall premise of Yalinguth is guided by the words of the Elders: "we need to go back to go forwards".

For this year’s Open House, Yalinguth is hosting a guided walking tour with special guests along the Birrarung in the Melbourne's CBD.

What's On

On this two hour guided walking tour with performances, Yalinguth will take you on a magical journey through time. Starting at Fed Square, discover the layers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and significant places along the Birrarung all the way to the MCG.
You're invited to connect with country—like an ‘open house’—with Aboriginal Elders and performers sharing stories that have shaped Naarm. Learn about the eel harvest, Coranderrk mission, and Marngrook – the original Aussie rules football. Well known places will be re-imaged as the layers of history are discovered.
This walking tour will be guided by Yorta Yorta custodian and Yalinguth Creative Director, Jason Tamiru, with various performances along the way.
If you are unable to join the guided tour, the Yalinguth app is available for you to download and experience with headphones 24/7 in Gertrude Street, Fitzroy and along the Birrarung in the CBD, from Enterprize Park to the MCG.
This event is proudly supported by the City of Melbourne.

Children's Activities

The Yalinguth app and this guided tour is suitable for upper primary school age and above.

In Collaboration With:

  • Yalinguth Working Group

    Yalinguth Elder Advisors: Bobby Nicholls, Uncle Colin Hunter, Rob Bundle, Denise McGuinness, Aunty Rieo Ellis

    Yalinguth Partner Organisations: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation (Colin Hunter and Charley Woolmore), Melbourne Community Indigenous Film Collective (Rob Bundle), Yarnin’ Pictures (Bobby Nicholls and Rebecca McLean), Storyscape (Zoë Dawkins and Pip Chandler), RMIT University – Masters of Animation, Games and Interactivity (Chris Barker, Max Piantoni and Kate Cawley), The University of Melbourne – Melbourne School of Design (Janet McGaw and Jillian Walliss)

  • Jason Tamiru

    Jason is a proud Yorta Yorta man passionate about supporting his people’s creativity by building frameworks that complement cultural expressions. He has worked with many of Melbourne’s most iconic performing arts companies, museums and festivals as a producer and arts director. Jason is Yalinguth's Creative Director.

Images: (1) Jason Tamiru playing the didgeridoo at the Yalinguth Birrarung launch event. Photo: Ernesto Arriagarda. (2) Yalinguth Birrarung launch event in Fed Square with Aunty Carolyn Briggs welcoming the audience. Photo: Ernesto Arriagarda. (3) An audience at a Yalinguth Walking Tour Fringe Festival Event in Fitzroy. Photo: Tamati Smith.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 27 July
Running for 120 minutes in a group of 80 people
Bookings required

Bookings required—$7 booking fee applies
First release tickets: 12pm Wednesday 3 July
Second release tickets: 12pm Saturday 6 July

Meet in front of the stage at Fed Square. This tour will conclude at the MCG.



Partially wheelchair accessible

Most of the area covered by Yalinguth is wheelchair accessible, but there are a few places where it covers bumpy terrain.


Federation Square to the MCG

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