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Kaalitj – ngort Koondaam, Bateman Park

  • Less than 1 hour
  • 1 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 1

Enjoy a one kilometre stroll around the park listing to the audio guide named Kaalitj – ngort Koondaam (meaning Dragonfly Dreaming in Noongar) in recognition of the Brentwood Living Stream project, after Whadjuk Elders were overwhelmed with blue dragonflies on their first visit to the site in 2015.

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The interpretation facility at Moonlight Cove in Brentwood 14km (20 minutes) south of Perth

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Welcome to Kaalitj – ngort Koondaam, the dragonfly dreaming. Today Whadjuk Elder Marie Taylor will share stories with you about Djarlgarro Beeliar, the Canning River, and the significance behind this special place for Whadjuk Noongar people.

To begin, listen to Whadjuk Elder Marie Taylor welcome us to Djarlgarro Beeliar. To do this, download the 'Geotourist App' to listen to the audio, or alternatively visit the Explore Parks WA website (Swan Canning Riverpark) to hear other cultural heritage audio stories about this area.

Photo: Ben Ansell (DPaW)

One of the important aspects of the Djarlgarro Beeliar is its place of healing. Download the 'Geotourist App' to listen to Whadjuk Elder Marie Taylor talk about the experience of healing for Whadjuk Noongars and how the river embodies this journey.

Photo: Ben Ansell (DPAW)

The Living Stream project transformed a degraded stormwater pipe and open drain into a living stream designed to improve the quality of water entering the river from the Bull Creek Catchment.

As part of this project Whadjuk Elder Marie Taylor and her sister Robyn Collard worked with the Department of Parks and Wildlife to ensure the sites cultural values were protected during and after construction, and to raise awareness of the site’s significance to Whadjuk people.

Download the 'Geotourist App' to listen to Marie Taylor talk about the importance of the Living Stream project.

Artwork courtesy of Donna Rioli – Dragonfly Dreaming

Download the 'Geotourist App' to listen to Whadjuk Elder Marie Taylor discuss the importance of the six seasons in Noongar country, and how the seasons influence cultural activities accordingly, as well as the different varieties of food to eat during the year.

Photo: Ben Ansell (DPAW)

Download the 'Geotourist App' to hear Whadjuk Elder Marie Taylor discuss the significance of family and land, which in Whadjuk country is matriarchal, and how Yagan and his father Midgegooroo, fought for their people’s land.

Photo: Ben Ansell (DPAW)

Listen to Whadjuk Elder Marie Taylor talk about the significance of the Djalgarro Beeliar to Noongars, once being a birthing site for Noongar women. To do this, download the 'Geotourist App'.

Photo: Ben Ansell (DPAW)

Download the 'Geotourist App' to hear Marie Taylor, Whadjuk Elder, talk about the significance of the Kulli, or the Sheoak, to the Noongar people, and why you should never cut the Kulli down.

Photo: Ben Ansell (DPAW)

Listen to Marie Taylor, Whadjuk Elder, explain how Noongars used to fish for mullet in the Canning River, using a little help from the Kwilana, the dolphin. To do this, download the 'Geotourist App'.

Photo: Ben Ansell (DPAW)

Download the 'Geotourist App' to listen to Whadjuk Elder Marie Taylor talk about the creation of the Djalgarro Beeliar, the Canning River.

Photo: Ben Ansell (DPAW)

Download the 'Geotourist App' to listen to Whadjuk Elder Marie Taylor discuss the art of teaching while walking, and why it’s important that children are taught how the land is mapped out.

Photo: Ben Ansell (DPAW)
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Come join us on a river journey to learn more about the significance of the Djarlgarro Beeliar (Canning River) to the Whadjuk Noongar people, and its surrounding area known as Gabbiljee, "the watery place at the end of the river".

Running along the Bull Creek tributary at Bateman Park in Brentwood is a River Journey, which showcases the cultural heritage and natural values of this area. To Whadjuk people the Djarlgarro Beeliar and Gabbiljee are a source of life. 

Download the Geotourist App to listen to the audio recordings from Whadjuk Elder Marie Taylor sharing her stories of this area. Alternatively visit the Explore Parks WA website (Swan Canning Riverpark) to hear other audio stories shared by Marie Taylor about this part of the river. 

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Time / Duration

1 hour

Length

1km loop

What To Pack

Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.

Trail Start

The interpretation facility at Moonlight Cove in Brentwood 14km (20 minutes) south of Perth

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Trail End

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Bush Walk

Grade 1

No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.

Facilities

  • Access without assistance for the Disabled
  • Bicycle Path
  • Dog Friendly
  • Picnic Area
  • Shaded Area
  • View Platform

Best time of year

All year

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Trail Access

Road 2WD, Train or bus to Bullcreek then walk or cycle to park.

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