Walking eel country

Brett Clarke at the Hopkins River

Lake Bolac, in southwest Victoria, lies at the corner of three nations – the Djab Wurrung, the Waddawurrung and the Kirrae Wurrung. The sign you pass as you enter town says ‘home of aquatic sports’, but historically Lake Bolac is famous for its fine quality and abundance of kuyang, short-finned eels. Eels were the most important food source for indigenous communities in this area, but the records that are left are patchworked and few. Walking eel country follows the eel migration path up the Hopkins River to Lake Bolac and follows in the footsteps of human history.

The program was made for RN’s Earshot
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