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Aboriginal Culture

Aboriginal Culture

Australia’s South West is an ancient land and home to one of the world’s oldest living cultures, with the Aboriginal Noongar Nation's connection to Boodja (Country) dating back more than 50,000 years.

Traditional custodians and conservationists, the Noongar peoples are caretakers of Country, watching over the native flora and fauna, as well as their cultures’ unique and rich stories, languages, ceremonies, art, song and dance. They possess a spiritual and physical connection to the land, waters and communities. The protection of this and their unique stories and traditions passed down by elders for generations, are hugely important to the continuation of Noongar culture.

The South West is host to several language groups, including the Pinjarup, Wiilman, Wadandi, Pibelman, Kaneang, Menang, and Koreng Aboriginal communities. Visitors are encouraged to respect and learn about Country through their eyes, by immersing themselves in first-nations culture up close.

Experience the thrill of hearing a live didgeridoo performance, learn about the dreaming stories reflected in Aboriginal art, taste bush foods, make traditional medicines, or join a tour led by local guides to learn about the vast biodiversity of the region and its connection to culture.

Sustainability and conservation are vital to the continuation of Aboriginal culture. Learn about the six-season calendar during your visit, still used by Noongar peoples today to represent the weather and seasonal changes in flora and fauna we see across the region throughout the year.  

Just like the gentle coastal breezes that blow off the South West’s pristine bays, as we travel we are asked to pass through Country without changing it.

Cultural connection

Venture in to the soul of the South West to embark on an authentic Aboriginal experience. Take an unforgettable journey with guided nature walks, bush food tastings, native medicines, artistic endeavours and ancient traditions.
Cultural centre weaving together Kojonup’s Aboriginal and settler stories.
A former Aboriginal Mission, now accommodation and meeting facility near Ferguson Valley.
Visit the hub of Aboriginal culture in Harvey (Korijekup).
Noongar tours and gallery showcasing ancient culture near Albany.
Discover fine Aboriginal art from award-winning Australian artists.
Explore the rich Noongar history of Bunbury with your local guide Troy Bennell.

Don't miss!

Immerse yourself in vibrant art, savour native foods and honour ancient customs at these South West events celebrating Aboriginal culture.

NAIDOC Week – Albany

07 - 20 July 2024
Albany
Celebrate NAIDOC Week with a packed program in Albany (Kinjarling).

NAIDOC Week @ Museum of the Great Southern

08 - 10 July 2024
Albany
Celebrate NAIDOC week these school holidays at the Museum of Great Southern.

Dardi-Boona Wangkiny NAIDOC Film Festival

09 - 14 July 2024
Albany
NAIDOC Film Fes

South West Multicultural Festival

21 - 22 February 2025
Bunbury
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Katanning Harmony Festival

22 - 23 March 2025
Katanning
A festival full of colour, culture, connection and excitement.

Inspiration

Looking for ideas for your next trip? Read up on these unique South West experiences for the holiday of your dreams.
Aboriginal custodian, Josh Whiteland, stands holding a didgeridoo amid the yellow glow of Ngilgi Cave.

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