Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak

Boorna Waanginy, otherwise known as The Trees Speak is a walk-through, family-friendly art show that explores the six seasons of Nyoongar. On over four nights (8-11 Feb), it is a must do for the whole family!

Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak

This walkthrough event runs continuously from 8pm-11pm, with last entry at 10.30pm. You can arrive at any time during the evening and experience the event at your own pace. The 1.5km journey into Kings Park begins at Fraser Avenue and concludes with a stunning light installation at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial.

The immersive tunnel of light and sound along Fraser Ave is definitely the highlight! Fish swim among the branches, goannas scuttering up tree trunks, numbats meet in the foliage and a snake weaves its way down the avenue as the rain fell and the bushfires come. The colours and sounds are amazing and so life-like.

Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak

The next attraction is Knowledge. Explore knowledge systems from both Western and Noongar perspectives and learn how Western science is increasingly informed by the Noongar understanding of the land.

Creation Stories: Coming of the Colours was another favourite. Stop and listen to two stories, the first Jindalee and the Spirit Children is a story about the creation of the Milky Way and The Coming of Colour to the world. The second story explores the formation of the sandy Banksia woodlands, commencing with the formation of the Yilgarn Craton.

Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak

Extinctions is an incredibly beautiful attraction, despite its beauty, it is sad to realise how fragile WAs fauna and flora is as you explore what has already been lost.

Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak

The last attraction is Seeds of Change, featuring thousands of seed pods, you will hear from children, Noongar Elders and community members who are passionate about preserving our environment, who remind us of the role we can all play in protecting this land we share.

Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak

It took us an hour and a half to complete the trail and exit Kings Park. As it is dark and crowded so I would definitely recommend a pram or stroller for little ones, I never noticed some families utilising their Kmart beach trolley, which I thought was a great idea too.

Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak

There are food trucks at the start and end of the journey.

Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak

No parking will be available in Kings Park. We were about to find street parking nearby. Free special event buses operate between Perth Busport and a stop on Kings Park Road.

Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak

Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak

More information is available on the Perth Festival website.

About Kellie Elliott

Kellie Elliott is a stay at home mum of 4 she enjoys adventuring around Perth with her children and sharing her journeys and experiences on Instagram at Perth Mum Adventures.

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