Yarringa Woka Yenbena Djitiga

Yarringa Woka Yenbena Djitiga

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Yarringa Woka Yenena Djitiga (Sun Country Aboriginal Feast)

You are invited to attend the Yarringa Woka Yenbena Djitiga, a formal Aboriginal-themed dinner hosted at the Dharnya Centre. Referred to as the “University of the Bush” by the Yorta Yorta people, the centre is situated amongst the world’s largest stands of river red gums.

Experience a Welcome to Country and enjoy storytelling and conversation with local Yorta Yorta elders whilst enjoying pre-dinner drinks and nibbles. Then be seated for three courses combining traditional and contemporary tastes, served with local award-winning wines from Monichino.
This event provides an insight into the traditional customs of the Yorta Yorta through dance, language, art, music and cuisine.

Download brochure Yarringa Woka Yenbena Djitiga (pdf)

Event details
Date: 7pm, 12 March 2016
Address: Sand Ridge Track, Barmah National Park, Barmah Vic 3639
Dress: Smart Casual
Event Capacity: 100
Cost: $123 Per person
Ph: 03 54 823 685

Upgrade to the Yarriga Woka Yenbena Djitiga, a Wakiti Creek Accommodation Package (Subject to availability)
Date: 11th March to the 13th of March 2016 inclusive
Address: 500 Yambuna Bridge Rd, Kotupna VIC 3638
Cost: $ 595* for 2 adults

This package includes:

  • a night of traditional customs of the Yorta Yorta through dance, language, art, music, and cuisine at the Yarrrina Woka Yenena Djitiga (Sun Country Aboriginal Feast) at the Dharnya Centre in the Barmah National Park. (2 adult tickets)
  • 3 nights’ accommodation over the long weekend at the Wakiti Creek Resort for two adults in a deluxe cabin.
  • A bottle of local wine on arrival
  • A fire drum with 1 nights supply of wood (subject to fire restrictions)
  • 1 hour Canoe Hire at Wakiti Creek Resort

*Package Value $750 – One off package sale price now $595

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Winton Dreaming 2014

Group kids with Aunty Ella and Julie

Group kids with Aunty Ella and Julie

Ray Scar TreeDSC_0139 (Medium)DSC_0233 (Medium)Cultural Heritage Officers were on hand to teach the students about various aspects of life in the Wetlands. Discussions covered a wide variety of topics including sourcing food, making shelter and respecting the land.
The children enjoyed an official ‘Welcome to Country’ performed by Aunty Ella. This also involved a burning ceremony in which Aunty Ella educated the students about the cleansing properties of smoke.
Students spent some time planting a number of native plants on the foreshore. “The tree planting was great as it gave the children a practical way in which they could contribute to the restoration of the Wetlands. And they really enjoyed getting their hands dirty too,” said Ms Briggs.

• Jonathan Corell, Visitor Experience Manager created an Activity booklet that included images of possible native animals that might be identifiable in the area. Belinda Briggs, shared a Yorta Yorta language word list for Jonathan to incorporate into the booklet
• Belinda created a Yorta Yorta Language find the word
• Unplanted plants were distributed between school groups to take back to their school as symbolic connection between the experience and the school
• Aunty Ella organized the childrent to sing a Yorta Yorta song – Burra Fera
• Students from two schools shared a bus ride and were able to connect/socialize
• Students formed friendships across the school groups from the whole day

Winton Wetlands CEO, Jim Grant, the day was a particularly important one. “Helping these young students to connect with the Wetlands meant a lot to us. Wherever we can, we are keen to gain a greater understanding of the cultural significance of the site and days like this not only educate the children that attend, but we also learn a great deal from them as well.”

Belinda Briggs, Partnerships Coordinator YYNAC, believes the day was of great value to the children. “I think Winton Dreaming was one of those things that kids will reflect on at lots of different times as they grow older and come to deepen their understanding of their identity and what their relationship to the land is,” said Ms Briggs. “Winton Wetlands has significant meaning to our people as part of Yorta Yorta Country.”

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Engineers Without Borders Partnership

Our partnership with Engineers Without Borders has
grown since initial conversations beginning in 2010.

Our projects have

Great day at Yielima, exploring potential of partnership and an updated master plan for Yielima

Great day at Yielima, exploring potential of partnership and an updated master plan for Yielima

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Yorta Yorta Lnguage

Last year the Youth Journey mob practised learning Yorta Yorta Language with all the djetja (aunties) and gangaba (uncles).

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YY Language

Te bandola nginak ( Hello, how are you?)

Pearl can use sign to show her understanding of Yorta Yorta Language.








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Turtle Survey

Had a wonderful experience over a weekend in 2009. Turtle

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