Aboriginal Heritage & Culture
The City of Wanneroo is located within ‘Noongar Country’, in the south west of Western Australia (stretching from Esperance to Jurien Bay) and contains 14 different language groups.
Two Noongar language groups, the Whadjuk and Yued people, lived and shared cultural areas in the northern parts of the City of Wanneroo for traditions and customs. This region was part of Mooro Country, the district of an important Whadjuk Noongar elder and leader Yellagonga.
Water was vital for Yellagonga’s group for their survival and spiritual connections. This made Wanneroo, with the abundant food sourced on the shores of its lakes, an important environment for local Whadjuk Noongar families. They moved around the coastal sand-plain according to the six Noongar seasons, hunting and gathering as they went. Their deep understanding of the land and climate allowed them to live well on animals, fish, insects and plants.
Learn something of the rich culture and history of the Nyoongar people at Wangi Mia Meeting Place at Yanchep National Park. Hear about seasonal movements, language and how knowledge is passed from generation to generation. See tools such as spears and boomerangs. Witness a spear-throwing demonstration. Discover how plants and animals in this environment bear great significance to the Nyoongar people. Bookings essential.
‘Kaya’ – Welcome to Noongar land and people in the City of Wanneroo.
The City of Wanneroo is proud of its heritage and acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land. For more information about Aboriginal experiences, please check the main City website.