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Connect to Kambarang

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and heritage of the Whadjuk Noongar people this November

As we welcome the new Noongar season of Kambarang, connect with the culture of Wadjemup with a program of family friendly events showcasing the stories, practices and history of the Whadjuk Noongar people.

Join us for a Welcome to Country ceremony as we recognise the Traditional Owners of this treasured land. Get hands on with Aboriginal arts and crafts, and discover the wonder of bush medicine. Relax and reflect to the sweet tunes of local Aboriginal performers, and don’t miss the Fremantle Biennale’s acclaimed drone light and sound experience – First Lights - Kooranup.

The Connect to Kambarang program celebrates this year’s NAIDOC theme, ‘For Our Elders’, which honours their important role as custodians of cultural wisdom and as pillars in the community.

We acknowledge the Whadjuk Noongar people as the Traditional Owners of Wadjemup, their continued connection to the island and its waters, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future. We pay respect to all Aboriginal people affected by the historical use of Wadjemup as a place of unjust incarceration, especially the men and boys whose bodies remain at Wadjemup, and to the families and descendants who lost them.

A quick note
While every intent is for events to go ahead as planned, in some circumstances they may have to change due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
Maro (Rottnest Island Tea Tree)

Explore the season of Kambarang

A rainbow of wildflowers marks the emergence of Kambarang on Wadjemup / Rottnest Island. The island’s very own native wildflower - the Wadjemup Daisy – bursts into bloom, dotting the landscape with its beautiful bright purple flowers.  The Rottnest Island tea tree, or maro in Noongar, also flourishes with creamy white petals, creating a picturesque contrast with the vibrant colours of the new season.

This time is when the rainbow bee-eater visits the island from the tropical north. Listen closely and you'll also hear the male kooboolong (motorbike frog) begin singing their mating call in the heart of the island's wetlands.

Explore all six Noongar seasons