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April 7, 2017

On our 1 Day Pinnacles Magic Tour you get an insight in Aboriginal Noongar Culture at the Wangi Mia, the Meeting Place, located in Yanchep National Park about 50 km north of Perth. 

 

Occupying an area of about 2800 hectares the park provides interesting discoveries of natural bush land, a colony of koalas, fine limestone caves, a lake and walking tracks. It’s a natural and cultural meeting place where aspects of Aboriginal life can be experienced.

 

The Wangi Mia at Yanchep National Park 

 

Travel Western Australia is proud to work at the Wangi Mia, representing the Yued and Whadjuk people of our state, and bringing their history, culture and stories to life.

 

Following the ‘kaartdijin’, the sharing of knowledge, our passengers get an introduction in the richness of Aboriginal history and gain a wider understanding of the indigenous people of Australia.

 

Living a Sustainable Life

 

The Aboriginal Noongar people have lived in the south west of Western Australia for more than 45.000 years.

 

Noongar communities have always taken care to assure the survival of animal and plant species. It is an important part of Noongar custom to take only what you need from nature to maintain biodiversity, like to leave some honey for the bees to build on.

 

By eating foods when they are abundant and in season according the the calendar of 6 Noongar seasons, natural resources are not depleted and will still be available for the next year.

 

As guardians of the boodja (country), Aboriginal people have achieved balance and adaptability through thousands of years of living sustainable and in harmony with the bush.

 

 

Noongar Spirituality

 

Noongar spirituality lies in the belief of a cultural landscape and the connection between the human and spiritual realms.

 

Everything in the vast outback landscape has meaning and purpose. Life is a web of inter-relationships where maam and yorga (men and women) and nature are partners, and where kura (the past) is always connected to yey (present).

 

Through the paintings, music and kobori (dance) they pay respect to the ancestral creators and strengthen their belief system ‘the Dreaming’.

 

Noongar connection with nature and boodja (country) signifies a close relationship with spiritual beings associated with the land. They express this through our caring for the boodja and through an oral tradition of story-telling and songlines, passing down kaartdijin.

 

Play the Didgeridoo

 

On our 1 Day Pinnacles Magic Tour you can have a go at playing the Didgeridoo. The didgeridoo is a long wind instrument made from hollowing out a termite infested eucalyptus tree trunk.

 

It is traditionally used by men only to accompany Aboriginal ceremonial singing and dancing, but it was also used for recreational use outside of these ceremonies.

 

 

For more information about our 1 Day Pinnacles Magic Tour click here.

 

Acknowledgement

 

Travel Western Australia acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation.

 

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which our company is located and where we conduct our business. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past and present.

 

Travel Western Australia is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society.

 

 

 

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