Indigenous History

Aboriginal Dreaming

The first inhabitants of Australia’s South West were the Aboriginal people, believed to have a connection with this land for almost 50,000 years. The aboriginal tribes of Australia’s South West enjoyed the abundant food and water found along the coastal plain. Conservationists by nature, they were semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers, who moved with the supply of food as the seasons changed, taking only what they needed to survive, maintaining a high regard for life and the land. You can connect with one of the world’s oldest living cultures at one of the below locations.

Kodja Place, Kojonup

Experience Kojonup’s history by visiting the Kodja Place Interpretive Centre which showcases local indigenous heritage and culture and tells stories of European settlers. The Australian Rose Maze which is also at the centre explores Australia’s wonderful heritage of rose growing and shares the poignant stories of the three women; Yoondi the Noongar, Elizabeth the English and Maria the Italian, set into the paths of the maze. Join local indigenous elder, Jack and learn about the bush tucker and bush medicine of Kojonup and surrounds.  

Ngilgi Cave, Yallingup

The Wardandi and Bibbulmun people of the Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River areas have walked this ancient land for almost 50,000 years. Their culture is as rich and varied as the countryside itself. Journey into Ngilgi Cave (Yallingup) and experience a live didgeridoo performance, deep inside the rock walls. Tours of the cave and other significant Aboriginal places can be explored on a tour with local indigenous tour company, Koomal Dreaming.


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