What’s on in Melbourne this Invasion Day (Australia Day holiday 26 January)? There’s no better way to start your holiday than with a swim in our beautiful Port Phillip Bay, followed by breakfast on the beach.

We are starting this Invasion Day event with an acknowledgement of the Traditional Owners of the country:

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this land where we meet and swim today. We pay respect to their elders, past and present, and all elders here today.

This is the land of the Yalukit Willum river camp people. You might have heard of some of their leaders like Benbow and Derrimut.

They are part of the Bunurong saltwater people of Port Phillip Bay and the Kulin Nation of the Melbourne area.

Benbow said the Yarra River once went all the way to the sea, and the Bay was a vast Kangaroo hunting ground but long ago (10,000 years) the sea broke in and the bay was flooded.

Today we acknowledge the survival of culture and this special country.

Then we are in the water. By 10.00am-ISH we are out again and eating!

To find out more about this Invasion Day 2021 event at Williamstown Beach – click through here.

To book in to swim in the Invasion Day Breakfast Swim 2021 – click through here.

To find out more about the traditional Indigenous people of Williamstown and Melbourne, click through here.

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