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Noongar Heritage

For over 45,000 years, Noongar tribes (the Ballardong, Yued and Whadjuk people) lived and moved across the Toodyay Valley. The name of Toodyay comes from the Noongar word Dudja, meaning 'mist'. Misty mornings are very common during the season of Makuru, around the months of June and July.

It is an area culturally rich and covered in fertile lands.  Noongar people were highly active gathering and hunting foods; camping at various sites, meeting and trading with others; managing the land; and, tending to cultural responsibilities during all six bonar (seasons).