Kim-barne Wadawurrung tabayl. Welcome to Wadawurrung Country.

Deakin Waurn Ponds acknowledges the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which the Delama Walk is situated. We pay our respects to their Elders and Ancestors, acknowledge their continuing connection to this beautiful Country, and thank them for their care and custodianship over many thousands of years.

Embrace Country

Embrace Country

In Wadawurrung language, Delama means ‘embrace’. This self-guided trail is a chance to do just that. To embrace Indigenous stories, history and ways of knowing, to embrace Country and our responsibility to care for it, and to embrace the power of nature and the chance to connect with the land, waterways and skies of our campus.

What to expect

The Delama Walk is a two kilometre circuit marked by signage exploring Wadawurrung culture, Deakin’s sustainability initiatives and the history of the campus. We have collected many stories and perspectives to share with you. The path comprises a combination of flat, slightly inclined, sealed and unsealed roads, and you can visit as many or as few signs as you please.

There is directional signage around the campus, as well as the link to a map below.

While the Delama Walk is outdoors and always open, amenities such as toilets, cafes and food outlets are subject to the campus' operating hours.

Download the Delama Walk map (PDF, 1.3MB)

Drinking water

Bring your own water bottle to fill at one of our water fountains, which display beautiful indigenous artworks and inscriptions by local artists, BJ O’Toole and Corrina Eccles. Each fountain is also outlined on the maps.

Weather protection

There are some areas of shade and shelter along the walk, but other stretches of the trail are open to the elements. We recommend checking the weather and dressing appropriately before you head off!

Seating/rest stops

Seating is identified on the maps. There are spots for a rest at Union Green (stop 1), Library Lake (stops 2 and 3) and half way up the hill towards Waurn Ponds Estate (between stops 5 and 6).



The Delama Walk wouldn’t be possible without the contributions of Wadawurrung Traditional Owners, John Challis and John Beckworth. Thank you for your support.

Need help?

Our Campus Support team are available 24/7 if you need assistance. They can be reached on 1800 062 579. If life is in danger, please call 000.