William Buckley Trail

The story of “Wild White Man” William Buckley, who lived 32 years with Australian Aborigines, ranks among the great survivor tales of all-time.

The young convict escaped from custody in 1803 in Sorrento, and for the next three decades, wandered extensively throughout the Geelong region, living much of the time with local Aborigines. Buckley was eventually discovered and given a pardon.

The ‘William Buckley Discovery Trail’ has been developed to highlight the Wild White Man’s exploits and his relationship with the Wadawurrung people. It covers six significant sites across the Geelong region.

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