Weekend in the Wimmera
15-16 August 2015

This incredible tale of survival has captured the public imagination of young and old and given birth to a dedicated annual weekend event that celebrates this century old story linking cultures old and new across Wotjobaluk country and two local Councils in the Wimmera region.
Over the 15-16th August, the Lost in the Bush Weekend In the Wimmera will celebrate the unique collaboration between the early settlers and the three Aboriginal trackers who found the Cooper- Duff Children children. Visitors are invited to participate in a heritage based pilgrimage following the extensions of the story as it draws people deep into the heart of the Wotjobaluk country. A weekend to truly lose yourself in the beauty and stories of the Wimmera region!
To access a printable calendar of events please click here

  1. Johnny Mullagh Interpretive Centre
    Learn about Unaarrimin (Johnny Mullagh) and the Australian Aboriginal cricket team in England in 1868. Two of the Trackers who found the children, Red Cap and King Richard were part of this historic tour. 11am-4pm Saturday & Sunday 1 Blair St, Harrow
  2. Author Talk & Workshop
    In the morning join author Ilka Tample as she shares her experience in writing historical essays and books. Writing workshop will be presented after lunch. Saturday 15 August Hermitage Hotel Harrow
  3. Lost in the Bush Film
    Presentation of the Department of Education's (Victoria) 1970’s film Lost in the Bush Saturday 4.30pm for 4.45pm Goroke Community Centre Natimuk-Francis Rd, Goroke
  4. Campfire & Acoustic Night
    Enjoy the warmth of the Winter campfire whilst local musicians and poets entertain campers and visitors to the Jane Duff Memorial site. Bring your own meals, beverages & marshmallows. Saturday 15 August from 6pm
  5. Lost in the Bush @ The Goroke Hotel
    After the film share a special bush menu at the Goroke Hotel. Adults $18 & Kids $10 Saturday 15 August from 6pm Goroke Hotel 36 Main St, Goroke Contact – 5386 1040
  6. Nurcoung Bush Walk
    Commencing in the Flora Reserve and walking 5km to the Jane Duff Memorial in time for the Sepia Picnic. (Limited to 28 walkers). Sunday August 16 at 9.30am
  7. McCartney's Ride
    The inaugural re-enactment of McCartneys Ride. Welcome the small group of horse riders who are celebrating the overnight ride by Peter McCartney to fetch legendary Aboriginal Tracker King Richard. Arriving at the Jane Duff Memorial in time for the Sepia Picnic. Sunday 16 August 12.30pm (note: Ride is fully subscribed this year)
  8. Sepia Picnic & Bush Activities
    Join us at the Jane Duff Memorial for billy tea, stew and damper around a campfire whilst immersing yourself in the scrub where the children were lost. Bush and cultural activities for all ages. Period-dress is optional. Sunday 16 August 12.30pm – 3.30pm
  9. Bush Poet's Breakfast & Lost in the Bush Natimuk Market
    Something for everyone Market, refreshments, craft, art, fresh produce and treasures. Announcement of the Lost in the Bush Writing Competition (11am @ Nc2) Sunday 16 August 9am – 1pm
  10. Horsham Historical Society
    Visual display of photos and museum pieces including a new exhibition "Horsham’s Then & Now" plus Lost in the Bush and other assortments. 10am - 1pm Saturday 10am - 12pm Tuesday * by appointment 33 Pynsent St, Horsham
  11. Duffholme Museum & Cabins
    Discover and explore the replica Duffholme hut and Museum. Enjoy the legacy of the Isaac, Jane and Frank story. 10am - 4pm Saturday & Sunday 1859 Natimuk - Frances Rd, Mitre
  12. Wudjubalug Survival in the Bush Experience
    Join BGLC as they guide a bush tucker, bush medicine experience based on age old traditions. Mt Arapiles (initially meet at the picnic shelter) Cost $9 Date Time: Sat 15 August 1.30 – 3.30 Organiser: Barangi Gadjin Land Council
Horsham Then & Now Info
Harrow Discovery Centre Info
Wudjubalug Bush Experience Info
Film Night Info
Poet's Breakfast & Market Info
Bushwalk Info
McCartney Ride Info
Sepia Picnic Info
Ilka Tampke Info

Lost in the Bush Writing Competition | Closes 31 July

This competition is designed to contribute a writer’s perspective on the Wimmera in the 1800s era for the “Lost in the Bush” Celebrations, August 15th and 16th, 2015, held in the shires of West Wimmera and Horsham Rural City. It aims to foster an awareness of the Wimmera Region’s past, and to encourage the craft of writing about history.

Prizes: $100 for first in each of the three categories.   For more information please click open the following link.
Writing Competition Guidelines

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This joint project is supported by Horsham Rural City Council & West Wimmera Shire Council with funding through the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.'  The project acknowledges Barengi Gadjin Land Council, Department of Education, Harrow Discovery Centre, Horsham Historical Society, Natimuk A&P Society, Wimmera Bushwalkers, Natimuk and Urban Landcare Group Arapiles Tooan Landcare Group, Duffhome Museum contributions and support.