The Noongar Seasonal Calendar

The national Bureau of Meteorology provides some wonderful information on the Nyoongar season cycle and we’d like to share this with our community: 

In the south west of Australia, the Nyoongar seasonal calendar includes six different seasons in a yearly cycle. 

These are Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang. Each of the six seasons represents and explains the seasonal changes we see annually. The flowering of many different plants, the hibernation of reptiles and the moulting of swans are all helpful indicators that the seasons are changing. 

The Nyoongar seasons can be long or short and are indicated by what is happening and changing around us rather than by dates on a calendar. 

This six-season calendar is extremely important to Nyoongar people, as it is a guide to what nature is doing at every stage of the year, as well as understanding respect for the land in relation to plant and animal fertility cycles and land and animal preservation.

For more detailed information on the Nyoongar season cycle, please visit the national Bureau of Meteorology website here.

Seasons poster from RUAH

The team at RUAH Community Services have created a fantastic poster of the Aboriginal Seasons of South Western Australia – click here to download it.

The image at the top of the page is taken from this poster. Thank you to the RUAH team!