Last Saturday we visited Nyerimilang Heritage Park at Nungurner in the Gippsland Lakes region of Victoria.
The park is operated by Parks Victoria but started life as a part of the indigenous Gurnaikurnai’s territory, before being taken over as a farm. In the late 1880s it was purchased by a wealthy Melburnian family and used as a shooting and fishing getaway.
Nyerimilang’s history as a farm highlights the struggle that existed between the classes, especially the way the farm’s caretakers were treated. One afternoon as a bush fire approached the homestead, the wife of the farm caretaker went up to the main house to help her employer’s family. She found them hiding in the kitchen with all the windows open and the curtains blowing outside (great fire accelerant). As she raced around to close everything and secure the house from the approaching fire, she realised that the family had abandoned her, fleeing to the jetty to escape by boat. These and other stories can be read in the farm caretaker’s buildings.
The homestead has an elevated position and fantastic views over Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. Visitors can enjoy bush walks through marshland to the water’s edge, through blue gum bushland and patches of Kurrajong (a native Aussie tree). There are several bird hides where wildlife enthusiasts can watch the birdlife to their heart’s content.
- Visitor signs
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