On-Country Day Walk – Taroona Foreshore
Words & photos Kirsten Grant
This week the monthly meet-up for our Youth Mob program was a walk along the Taroona foreshore.
We were joined by Lizzi Oh from Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies – IMAS who had collected a range of different native and introduced seaweeds, whelks – like a periwinkle, also the slightly creepy but fascinating sea urchin – watch its spines move! She delivered some fascinating information about the sea around Taroona Beach. There was even a research vessel near us studying crayfish!
First Nations Cultural Advisor Tasman Langford took us further around the coast from the beach discussing bush tucker and cultural practices as we walked. We headed to the fish trap in front of Taroona High before enjoying a delicious morning tea.
For millennia the foreshore was a popular gathering place for the Mouhenneener Aboriginal people. ‘Taroona’ is the Aboriginal name for chiton (kytun) – a shell animal found along the foreshore.
The next Youth Mob meet-up is an overnight camp at Murrayfield on Bruny Island, tickets are very limited: