Station 1: You Yangs Big Rock

Gathering of the Elders

Station Open: 9:30 - 1:00pm (3hr 30min)

Ceremony: 10:30 - 11:30am

Gathering of the Elders is the starting point for Mountain to Mouth 2018. This Ceremony pays respect to the land upon which we walk, to Wadawurrung Elders past and present, and to all our ancestors. The Gathering of the Elders signifies that which sustains us, both as we walk from the mountain to the river mouth and also throughout our daily lives. Central to this ceremony is the unveiling of Canoe, the ephemeral lead artwork, which leads walkers along the 80km journey of the contemporary Songline.

For this ceremony, we stand in silence, taking time to acknowledge the land, where we come from and where we will travel to from here.

Artistic Directorate: Margie Mackay; Mahony Kiely; Gilbert Douglas; Jacob Boehme

Dance Circle

Dance Circle, the first Walking Circle is a contemporary ceremonial ground in sand, decorated with patterns in ochre.

Fallen Feathers

Pod Path Beacons and Feather Flags, are ceremonial gateways designed as wayfinders inspired by Wadawurrung stories and the land.


  • Ceremonies will be filmed and photographed - please advise camera operators on the day if you do not wish to participate.