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Long, long ago in Kings Park

Discover how Perth has changed over time and learn about its first people, the Wadjuk Nyoongar people. Learn how Nyoongar people used plants and animals for food, medicine, tools, shelter and protection with a focus on the role of men and women.

Through song, dance and role-play, explore Nyoongar language and storytelling. Sing a special song (Yonga Sleeping), play traditional games and enjoy face painting.

'This program covered many topics - Perth history, Aboriginal studies and sustainability. Lots of activities for the kids. The teacher resource pack linked well with curriculum. Fantastic and engaging.' - Pre-Primary Teacher

Outcomes

By the end of this program students will:

  • Learn the name of the local Aboriginal group (Nyoongar – Wadjuk).
  • Learn how the Nyoongar people believe the features of Perth were created, using stories (how the serpent made the rivers, lakes and swamps).
  • Learn the traditional names and uses of some local plants and animals.
  • Identify familiar features of Perth: The Swan River, Narrows Bridge, hills, Kings Park.
  • Begin to understand that in traditional Nyoongar society, men and women had difference roles.
  • Engage with the oral traditions of Aboriginal people and recognise that the past is communicated through stories (yarning) passed down from generation to generation.

You may also be interested in a Nyoongar glossary for local Aboriginal words that are used within this website.

Location: Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park

Bookings are essential and fees apply.

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A child enjoying the Koora Koora Kaarta Koomba program with a staff member of Kings Park education. Photo: BGPA Kids learning about the nyoongar language and the traditional names of animals and seasons. Photo: BGPA A young girl with her face painted during the Koora Koora Kaarta Koomba program. Photo: BGPA

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Under BGPA Regulations, an infringement may be issued if the driver of a vehicle does not remain within Kings Park's boundaries.

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From the creative to the innovative, Kings Park and Botanic Garden is proud to showcase some of our best initiatives during National Recycling Week 2019.

2018-19 annual report now available

Excellent results in research, conservation and visitor experiences have been recorded in the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority’s 2018-19 annual report, which is now available online.

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