Indigenous Weather Knowledge
In the southwest of Australia, the Noongar seasonal calendar includes six different seasons in a yearly cycle.
Noongar country spans from Leeman in the northwest to beyond Cape Arid in the southeast, in the southwest of Australia. The Noongar calendar includes six seasons.
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 Noongar seasons can be long or short and are indicated by what is happening and changing around us rather than by dates on a calendar. Aligning Noongar seasons with Western calendar months can provide an overview of a typical year.
This six season calendar is extremely important to Noongar 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.
Disclaimer: Please be aware that there are different ways to spell Noongar (e.g. Nyungar, Nyoongar, Noongah) and Nyoongar words. Nyoongar language, like all traditional languages in Australia is an oral language. Throughout this calendar, we have maintained the spelling as Noongar, and we respectfully include all people in the southwest.