* katta djinoong, the first people of western australia
talking about australia, the first comes out from my mind is the indigenous people, the aborigines. and katta djinoong –name of the aboriginal community– are the first people of western australia. in general, they addressed themselves as the noongar or nyonga or nyungah.
it’s a bright sunny-windy day on autumn when i visit western australia museum. entering hellenic gallery at the second floor and witnessing an old guy who is westerner going out from the gallery written “katta djinoong” with watery eyes.
i don’t know what happened yet, until i watch 30 minutes video presentation entitled “bringing them home” by oziris production. there’s no visitor but me and i sit on a sofa in the corner. watching and listening whilst emotional feeling created tears on my cheeks.
it’s about government policy of australia towards the aboriginal children and people and all of the torres strait islanders so called “civilization” to be white australians. the first institution made on 1814. and in 1909 it has a legal sanction to take the aboriginal children from their family and the acts just ended by 1969. the aborigines indigenous during that era known as the stolen generations.
to commemorate this tragedy and dark history of australia, there’s a national sorry day which held on march 26th 1998 as an apologize for the indigenous. also a reconciliation. a day for healing the wounds of the aborigines people. this event held annually during 1988 – 2004 and in 2005 the named changed into national healing day for all australians. and a formal apology from the australia prime minister just held on 2008.
my tears can not stop for moments and a deeply sorry and apologize i just can say inside my heart regarding this tragedy. it’s truely hurt … to feel about mistreated, separation and removal family members without any probability to meet each other again.
it’s still a bright sunny-windy day in perth on march 2008 when i leave western australia museum. but i feel heavy rain inside my heart. this posting i dedicated to the indigenous aboriginal of australia. also a commemoration about a year my dad’s passed away.
you can learn about aboriginal prehistoric, daily life into christianity on western australia museum, 1 francis street, perth. and understand how skillful and artistic they are by listening didgeridoo and many aboriginal souvenirs which available in many cities within western australia.
* visiting perth
visiting perth, the most isolated capital city in the world. a superb setting for those who like laid back atmosphere. exploring the old buildings and old cemeteries surrounded by modern buildings. and several nice beaches along the western coastal zone of australia continent.
* visiting fremantle
visit fremantle is a must whenever you’re going to western australia. a nice old harbour town with delicious fish and chips restaurants plus cappuccino strip within mediterranean atmosphere. it gives you vibrant feeling of its city.
* visiting old cities
if you are so keen into historical and authentic – old buildings, visit the old town and old monasteries and or old minings will be cool.
amongst the lists are:
– new norcia
* exploring forestry and pastoral national parks
eucalyptus, karri and jarrah forests are the nature icons of western australia. walking through these forests are nice and worth exploring. beside the greenery forests can be found wild flowers which looks so beautiful. make sure you are here in the season, so you can see so many. from kangaroo paws to banksia.
but if you have pretty limited time, you can spend a day at kings park, perth.
amongst the lists of these national parks are:
– yanchep national park
– tall timber country
– boranup forest
– blackwood river
– valley of the giants
* exploring natural wonders
beside the giant trees and forestry national parks, western australia enriched by rocks formations and boulders which worth to be explored.
|the pinnacles, nambung national park|
amongst the lists are:
– stirling ranges national park
– the pinnacles, nambung national park
– the kimberley
– porongurup national park
– purnululu national park or bungle bungles
– karijini national park
– hyden’s wave rock
*marine life, beaches, islands and the shipwrecks
speaking about coastal zones of western australia, can be found many interesting things.
– for those who likes histories, tracking back into 17s century can be found several shipwrecks. at least, 4 dutch tall-ships were laying on western coastal zone nearby houtman abrolhos islands. such as batavia, zeewijk, vergulde draeck [gilded dragon] and zuytdorp. worth a visit to learn about those tall-ship, including places which had names after the tragedy, such as batavia coast and zuytdorp cliffs.
– for those who likes nature, along the western coastal zone can be found beautiful marine life. such as ningaloo reef and coral bay. plus several stromatolites lakes.
– for those who likes to visit islands, can go to rottnest island where the dutch mistakenly called the quokkas as the rats. another also hartog island and batavia graveyard.
* wineries countrysides
western australia also known as wine-producing region. countrysides produces excellent and premium quality wines.
and speaking about red wines from western australia, typically are fruit driven [noted from forest berries like blueberries and added with dark plums] with distinctive varietal characters.
amongst the famous wineries can be found at:
– upper swan valley region
– margareth river region