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Walking Tour

Look, taste, touch, feel... immerse yourself in culture

This immersive walking tour in Walyalup (Fremantle) delves into the Moorditj Noongar stories of the Mammong Bidi (Whale Pathways). Embark on a unique journey encompassing history and culture led by passionate Whadjuk guide, Steven Jacobs.

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In Culture Walking Tour Highlights

6 seasons

The Nyoongar lived by the 6 seasons. These seasons were determined by seasonal indicators like changes in the weather, flowers blossoming or animals waking from hibernation. These changes indicated when certain foods were right for hunting and gathering or when it was time to move to the coast during the hot time. Learn about the 6 seasons and how to recognise the indicators

Nyoongar culture

Learn about the traditional lives of the Nyoongar people, the social structures, spiritual beliefs, cultural lore and Dreaming stories of the creation beings. Explore the tools and implements and how they were used to care for country and live sustainably for over 40,000 years.


The Roundhouse was used as holding cells for Aboriginal men waiting to be transported to Wadjemup (Rottnest), which served as a prison for over 3500 male Aboriginals, many of whom were warriors and leaders. Officially closing in 1904, it is reported that 369 Aboriginal prisoners died between 1838 and 1931.

Whaling station

Traditionally the stranding of whales was seen as a time of celebration, bringing clans together for large gatherings, feasting and merriment. The establishment of the whaling station at Bather Bay saw whale scraps regularly discarded near the tryworks. So the bay became an important place for local Aboriginal people during the first two decades of settlement.

Native School

The old Port Office, or Harbour Master’s
office (located at about the present position of the railway crossing at the end of Marine Terrace) was used in 1841 to establish a Native School. Eighteen Aboriginal children were taught by a Mrs Robertson.