This inspiring walk starts at the You Yangs (Big Rock) with an Elders smoke ceremony at 3pm on Friday May 9th (the Elders are from the indigenous and multicultural communities). Big Rock is the first art installation for walkers who will then walk from the Mountain (You Yangs) to the Barwon River Mouth in 24 hours.
If you take part, your $10 entry fee supports Karingal.
On the way, the walkers visit 11 other arts installations, each of which is a ‘walking circle’ on a story songline which stretches from the You Yangs to Geelong CBD and Queenscliff via the rail trail, then along the coast through Point Lonsdale and Ocean Grove to Barwon Heads.
There’s also a spectacular music/art/theatre event Geelong After Dark in Geelong on Friday evening May 9th.
Walkers will make a fast procession, led by a specially commissioned canoe (with one Leunig inspired wheel) and flag bearers representing each CoGG ward.
If you can’t commit to the full 80+ km in 24 hours, you are welcome to take part in one or more legs of the walk. I thoroughly recommend the night legs from Lara to Steampacket Place – a procession of lanterns! Here are are just a couple of wonderful glimpses of this area at night.
Even if you don’t want to walk, you are welcome to visit any or all of the arts installations (12 in all, see the website for opening times) and to cheer the walkers as they attempt to walk 80km in 24 hours. Geelong After Dark is also open to all – Friday evening 6-10pm.
The only downside is – it’s for feet not wheels! Give up the cleats for trainers for just one day.