Aboriginal hunting and cultural heritage
Traditional Owner Groups in Victoria have hunted wildlife for thousands of years. Their existence depended on the management and sustainable use of wildlife for food, clothing, shelter, and cultural and spiritual needs. During that time, the people living in Victoria left physical evidence of their activities that now survive as cultural heritage places and objects. Aboriginal places and objects can be found all over Victoria and are often near major food sources such as rivers, lakes, swamps and the coast.
Aboriginal places and objects are present at some hunting locations and it is important to remember that they are protected by the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 (Vic). Hunters should always be mindful of this as some hunting, driving and camping activity has the potential to interfere with, or even destroy, Aboriginal places and objects.
For posters and information on Aboriginal places and objects like scarred trees, mounds, freshwater middens, rock art, burial sites and others please visit the Aboriginal Victoria website.
If you think you've found an Aboriginal cultural heritage place or objects on any public or private land in Victoria you must report it to Aboriginal Victoria. A preliminary report form can be downloaded here.