Immerse your students in this journey with Dr Noel Nannup, respected Aboriginal Elder, story-teller and cultural guide. Let him take your students to significant sites around Perth and explain their cultural importance to Aboriginal people and how they are sustainably managed today.

How to use this resource:

  • Introduce your class to the Waugal, recognised by Noongar people as the protector of all fresh water sources. Encourage your students to immerse themselves in this experience as they begin to understand the cultural importance of these bodies of water to Noongar people and how they remain vital to the people of Perth.
  • Students can capture the main elements of the videos by using the comprehension sheet listed under each video, which they can also refer to in further learning. Alternatively you can also build a full lesson by incorporating one of our lesson plans.
Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that some of the content below may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, videos and audio recordings.

The Waugal

The Waugal is a snake or rainbow serpent recognised by Noongar people as the giver of life who maintains all fresh water sources.

Other story locations

Lake Joondalup

Hear the story of the tall Charnock spirit woman and how Lake Joondalup got its name.

Kings Park

Learn about Kings Park and its special significance to Noongar people.

Gnangara groundwater system

One of the precious water sources that the Waugal created is the Gnangara Mound, a huge aquifer that is Perth’s largest source of fresh water.

Bennett Brook

Kordiny Karla Boodjar or Bennett Brook is an important part of the Waugal creation story and it’s also the life stream of Whiteman Park.