Josh playing didgeridoo at indiginos Koomal Dreaming near Margaret River

An Incredible Indigenous Cultural Experience

Meet the Josh – Founder and Owner of Koomal Dreaming

Australia is steeped in history, a lot of it is indigenous culture and a great way for people to learn about it is on a Koomal Dreaming tour in the South West of Western Australia. For over 50,000 years, the Wadandi and Bibbulman people of the Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River areas of Australia’s south-west have walked this ancient land and Koomal Dreaming gives people the opportunity to follow in their footsteps and experience Wadandi and Bibbulman country through their eyes.

On our Adelaide to Perth tour, Wadandi custodian Josh “Koomal” Whiteland will introduce you to the world’s oldest living culture with his authentic and personal interpretation.  We are proud to have known and worked with Josh for a long time.  He is a very special person who started his business because of the values that he had about his family, his history and the region.  He lives and breathes exactly what he says and when you meet him you can feel his passion and feel his culture, as he takes you on a journey to a very special place.

Sometimes indigenous experiences can be a forced and put on for the consumer but with Josh at Koomal Dreaming it is authentic, as that is his way of life.  He and his family still live off the land in the region and from his home base in Dunsborough, Josh provides guests with the opportunity to taste native foods, discover bush medicine, and experience traditional fire lighting.  Josh recounts stories of the Dreaming spirits that relate to his traditional area.

Passengers in the hut at Koomal Dreaming Dunsborough

What to expect on a Koomal Dreaming Tour

When we arrive we’ll be welcomed by Josh who will give you tour of his property where he’ll show you the different kinds of plants and trees that were valuable for Aboriginals for making weapons and music instruments.  You’ll learn how to identify traditional plants, foods and medicines and how they are uniquely linked to the six Noongar seasons.

You’ll see and touch the tools and cultural artefacts used by the Wadandi in their everyday lives and watch Josh create fire in less than one minute by rubbing sticks together.  At this special Meeting Place ceremony Josh explains how Didgeridoos are made and demonstrates the sounds of this unique instrument, also getting passengers involved playing other indigenous instruments.

But the highlight of the Koomal Dreaming tour is always the magical didgeridoo performance inside the Earth amplified by the superb acoustics of the Ngilgi Cave.  You will follow Josh underground into the cave filled with amazing stalagmites and stalactites, where he will do a live didgeridoo performance in the caves natural amphitheatre.  This will leave you utterly mesmerised and will be an experience you will never forget!

Watch this video to get a little taste of what passengers experience!

The Koomal Dreaming experience is included on our Adelaide to Perth Tour and Secrets of Esperance Tour. Whilst in WA – Discover Our Margaret River Tours from Perth.

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