Our Survival Day 2023



Our Survival Day is brought to you by Our Songlines, a 100% Aboriginal-owned and woman-led organisation that is passionate about making Indigenous culture accessible to First Nations and allies alike, in a supportive, safe environment.


We are honoured to be hosting Our Survival Day at The Briars, Mt Martha on Bunurong land, of the Boon Wurrung Language Group within the Kulin Nation, amongst Indigenous plants, trees, birds, and habitat for wildlife.


With a focus on Indigenous education, cultural entertainment, food and sustainability through the theme of ‘Deep listening’, Our Survival Day 2023 will have something for everyone to enjoy. It is a culturally safe and environmentally friendly space set amongst the hills of The Briars. You will feel the connection as soon as you walk onto Bunurong land: be welcomed by the trees, the birds, the First Nations musical voices, the smell of Indigenous bush foods, friends enjoying picnics and playing games, cultural workshops, dancing, families of diverse backgrounds and many activities to participate in at your leisure. This is an all-inclusive supportive space, so if you have any requirements you’d like us to accommodate please do not hesitate to reach out to us.


The day will begin with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony. by Jill & Josh West, Bunurong Traditional Owners.

Our Master of Ceremonies for the day will be the incredible Jony Berry. A man of Palawa and Portuguese heritage, Jony was the first Aboriginal person to represent Australia at the Mr World competition, using his platform as a model and performer to advocate for causes close to his heart.

Song & Dance

Headlining our community festival is (drum roll please):

  • Mitch Tambo!
  • Supported by:
  • Dallas Woods
  • Jalgany
  • Caution
  • 2 Lubly
  • Fresh Verse


Local Aboriginal men Lionel and Sean from Living Culture will be your guide to the secrets of the Briars, focusing on bush food, medicinal plants and traditional understanding. Limited bookings for sessions available here.

Our Songlines will have fun creative activities for the young ones - and the young at heart.

Nairm Marr Djambana (local gathering place) will have fun creative activities for the young ones.

We will have a free BBQ available for people too.

Mother Earth

Our 2022 event was completely carbon positive, we intend on expanding our green initiatives to ensure we leave the land better then when we started.

Our Survival Day vendors, artists, stallholders and workshops will be caring for country by using environmentally responsible packaging, materials, and saying no single use plastics. We will also be planting trees to offset our carbon emissions from the event. You will find bins around the event including composting and recycling - with our aim to reduce our waste consumption as much as we can.

We are grateful to be on this land and we hope you will join us in gratitude by respecting the natural environment and leaving the site as clean as when you arrive. We encourage you to bring your reusable items with you including your keep cup, a drink bottle which you can fill up on the day, and of course - a bag to store your goodies purchased on the day supporting Blak businesses.

Market stalls

What would a community event be without getting to take home some deadly cultural creations from some of our favourite entrepreneurs?

Here is a sneak peek:

  • Deadly Wears Clothing Brand is the inspiration from two cousins, Hollie and Katherine, with the support from Katherine’s partner Jakob. Katherine and Hollie are two proud Gunaikurnai, Monero Ngarigo women who live on Gunaikurnai country.
  • Our Dilly Bag connects allies directly to Indigenous-owned and led products, events and information.
  • Jala Jala Treats is a business dedicated to the celebration of Australia's native flavours.
  • First Peoples Health and Wellbeing Health services for mob!
  • Wunyun Aboriginal and Indian healer who creates incredible balms and oils.
  • Mob Melts Brining you a range of scented candles and melts.
  • Stefanopolips Arts and homewares.
  • Burndap Collective handmade Jewelry.

Important Information

Our Songlines ensures that all activity selection, supervision and management practices are child safe.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will have access to FREE tickets.

Getting to the event/transport

Limited free parking is available on site, however we encourage you to ride share with friends and family, bike to the event, catch public transport, or use other alternative transport options to reduce the environmental impact of the day and connect to the country you are on.


The 2023 grassroots and community event was only made possible with the incredible support, donations and sponsorship of many local businesses.

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors:

  • First Peoples Health and Wellbeing
  • Koondee Woonga-Gat Toor-Rong
  • Coastal Cottage Creations
  • Thank you to our Gold Sponsors
  • Fellowship for Indigenous Leaders
  • Peninsula Health
  • Thank you to our Green Sponsors:
  • Taskforce
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Network

If you would like to sponsor or have a media enquiry please get in touch with Kayla, kayla@oursonglines.com

Our planning team are all volunteers, coming together via the collective values they share with each other, and those of Our Songlines.

The ‘21 grassroots and community event was only made possible with the incredible support, donations and sponsorship of many local businesses, and we can’t wait to bring you an even bigger event in 2023

Our Survival Day is also supported by our allies:

Contact Person: Michael Stowers

Company: Coastal Cottage Creative

Phone: 0488 940 924



  • Thursday, 26 January 2023 | 12:00 PM - 07:00 PM


The Briars, 450 Nepean Hwy, Mount Martha, 3934, View Map

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