ABORIGINAL CULTURE

 

Koomal Dreaming Aboriginal Cultural Tour @ Wharncliffee Mill

 

 

WA Tourism Award winner Josh Whiteland from Koomal Dreaming now offers Aboriginal cultural tours at Wharncliffe Mill.  Join in traditional Aboriginal practices and watch an interactive demonstration of fire lighting, traditional tool making and bush medicines.

 

Learn how the local Aboriginal people hunt for seasonal foods, and enjoy tasting bush foods such as wattle seed damper and kangaroo cooked on the
campfire. Watch the art of traditional tool making and enjoy an awesome interactive musical performance (didgeridoo and clap sticks).

 

Josh Whiteland is fascinating story teller, enthralling guide and knowledgeable Traditional Owner who shares a unique insight into the local landscape and culture. This interactive program is suitable adults and children and is available on request (subject to minimum numbers). Enquire at the office on arrival or by email to register your interest to stay@wharncliffemill.com.au.

 

Saturday Evenings (subject to minimum numbers or other nights on request)
Adults $48 per person
Children $30 per person (4 – 16 years)
Start time: 5.30 pm
Finish time: 7.30 pm

Location – Wharncliffe Mill (Meeting Place)

 

 

Koomal Dreaming 2 Day / 1 Night Aboriginal Cultural Immersion Experience @ Wharncliffe Mill

 

Josh Whiteland – owner of award winning tour business Koomal Dreaming presents a fascinating and in-depth insight into Aboriginal culture covering cultural awareness, connection to country, people, society, environment, science and history.

 

Program Day 1

 

 

9.15 am

Pick up group at one designated pick up point in Perth and depart for Yallingup.
12.30 pm

Meet Josh Whiteland at Ngilgi Cave in Yallingup


After being officially ‘welcomed to country’, take a guided bushwalk with Josh Whiteland from Koomal Dreaming to forage for native bush foods, plants and medicines whilst hearing about their traditional uses.  Enjoy a hot lunch whilst you learn about the six Noongar seasons and how this influences what is eaten. For lunch enjoy traditional foods such as Kangaroo and emu infused with quandong, emu plum and salt bush.

 

Journey into the spectacular and fascinating Ngilgi cave for dreaming stories and a unique didgeridoo experience, which takes advantage of the awesome acoustics deep inside the cave.


3.00- 4.00 pm

depart Yallingup for Wharncliffe Mill
4.00 – 6.00 pm

afternoon tea and free time to head off for a walk or bike ride into Margaret River town centre or around the surrounding National Park
6.00 – 7.00 pm

Dinner

 

 

7.00 – 8.30 pm

Enjoy relaxing around the campfire* with a chance for an informal discussion with Josh. Enjoy sharing traditional stories and participate in an interactive music session.  Optional extra – Cultural Custodian Wayne Webb can also join this session to share an insight from an elder’s perspective.  Additional costs will apply.


* Weather permitting - If raining the session will be run under the cover of the old mill


8.30 pm onwards

free time to relax around the fire and go to bed when ready (bring your own alcohol if required).

 

Program Day 2

 

7.30 – 8.30 am

Breakfast
8.30 – 10.00 am

pack up and travel to Cape Naturaliste

 

 

10.00 am - 1.00 pm

Josh will lead a fascinating coastal walk with focus on culturally significant sites and the unique coastal flora and fauna.  Depending on weather conditions and group fitness this walk will likely take in the spectacular scenery from Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse to Sugar Loaf Rock (this is an easy walk with clear foot paths along the South West’s popular Cape to Cape Track).  Learn about coastal habitats and the how the coastline has sustained Aboriginal people as a seasonal food source for more than 40,000 years.  Enjoy an Aboriginal fusion lunch with a modern twist at Meelup.


1.15 – 4.15

return to Perth

The 2 Day/1 Night Cultural Immersion Experience costs approximately $486 per person including transport, meals, activities, entry fees and accommodation for a group size of 20 (prices for smaller or larger groups available on request).

 

Some of the feedback from a recent group on this program included:

  • Thank you for a very enjoyable and interesting experience.  You and your staff made me feel very welcome and I had a great time over the 2 days.
  • The ‘meeting place’ was magnificent.
  • The food was definitely one of the many highlights of the experience.
  • I loved the stories, discussion, music and guest engagement.
  • A beautiful stretch of coastline and I was very interested in the use of native vegetation as well as sea life.
  • Josh and Wayne were brilliant!  Very knowledgeable, informative, engaging and willing to share their knowledge and experiences.
  • The evening fireside experience was a big highlight for me.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the cave tour, especially Josh playing the didgeridoo
  • It was a beautiful walk and the lunch that followed was delicious.
  • Josh was great and was really passionate about teaching others about his culture.
  • It was a really fantastic few days and I would recommend it to anyone.
  • It had the right mix of down time and interesting tours/info sessions, and the setting was magnificent.
  • It was so informative and Josh was a fantastic guide.

Please email stay@wharncliffemill.com.au to request full program details or check availability.

 

ABORIGINAL CULTURAL EXPERIENCES NEAR WHARNCLIFFE MILL

 

Koomal Dreaming

 

Enjoy a mesmerising Didgeridoo performance inside the spectacular Ngilgi Cave in Yallingup, with Josh Whiteland - a talented musician, who shares a fascinating insight into the cave, local culture and local Dreaming stories. All tours start with a bush walk where Josh identifies local plants used for traditional medicines and providing the opportunity to taste bush tucker. See a demonstration of traditional fire lighting and learn about the ancient art of tool making. Josh is a friendly and engaging guide who offers visitors a unique opportunity to see this region from an Aboriginal perspective. He offers a personal introduction to the animals, plants and Dreaming spirits that have enriched the lives of the local people and their ancestors. See www.koomaldreaming.com.au for more details.

 

 

Kodja Place

 

The Kodja Place in Kojonup is a unique museum and cultural interpretive centre housed in an architecturally designed, purpose-built rammed earth building.  The centre features a range of interactive displays including artefacts, stories, exhibits and pictures along with a stunning rose maze.  All this has been built around the Kodja – the Noongar stone axe from which Kojonup and the centre draw their name.

 

See the fascinating range of artefacts at Kodja Place (image courtesy of Kodja Place)

 

See www.kodjaplace.com.au for more details.

 

Enjoy frolicking in the waves
(image courtesy of www.margaretriver.com)

 

Feast on fine wine and food in one of the many surrounding wineries
(image courtesy of www.margaretriver.com)

Enjoy a craft beer with live music whilst the kids play on the playground
(image courtesy of www.margaretriver.com)
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