Josh playing didgeridoo at indiginos Koomal Dreaming near Margaret River

An Incredible Indigenous Cultural Experience

Meet the Josh – Founder and Owner of Koomal Dreaming

A great way to learn about Australia’s Indigenous culture is on a Koomal Dreaming Indigenous cultural experience in the south west of Western Australia. For over 50,000 years, the Wadandi and Bibbulman people of Australia’s south-west have walked this ancient land. Koomal Dreaming gives people the opportunity to follow in their footsteps and experience Wadandi and Bibbulman country (the Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River areas) 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. When you meet him you can feel his passion and his culture, as he takes you on a journey to a very special place.

Sometimes Indigenous cultural 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. 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 also 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. He’ll show you the different kinds of plants and trees that were valuable for Aboriginals for making weapons and music instruments. Learn how to identify traditional plants, foods and medicines and how they are uniquely linked to the six Noongar seasons.

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. He also gets passengers involved in playing other Indigenous instruments.

But the highlight of the Koomal Dreaming tour is always the magical Ngilgi Cave. Josh takes you underground into the cave which forms a natural amphitheatre, filled with amazing stalagmites and stalactites. The didgeridoo performance he gives here inside the Earth, amplified by the superb acoustics of the space, 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.