Wathaurong, also called the Wathaurung, Wadawurrung and Wadda Wurrung, are an Aboriginal Australian people living in the area near Melbourne, Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula in the state of Victoria. They are part of the Kulin alliance. The Wathaurung language was spoken by 25 clans south of the Werribee River and the Bellarine Peninsula to Streatham. They were sometimes referred to by Europeans as the Barrabool people. The area they inhabit has been occupied for at least the last 25,000 years, with 140 archaeological sites having been found in the region, indicating significant activity over that period.


Wathaurung territory extended some 3,000 square miles (7,800 km2). To the east of Geelong their land ran up to Queenscliff, and from the south of Geelong around the Bellarine Peninsula, towards the Otway forests. Its northwestern boundaries lay at Mount Emu and Mount Misery, and extended to Lake Burrumbeet Beaufort and the Ballarat goldfields.

Also Known as (Alternate Names)

Wathaurung, Wadawurrung, Wadda Wurrung

Places of Significance for Wathaurong people

Cape Otway VIC

Bellarine Peninsula VIC

Werribee River VIC

Towns connected to Wathaurong people

Bacchus Marsh VIC

Ballarat VIC

Geelong VIC

Drysdale VIC

Barwon Heads VIC

Leopold VIC

Creswick VIC

Werribee VIC

Torquay VIC

Queenscliff VIC