The Governor and Ms Annus with five staff members and tour guides standing on bridge

The Governor and Ms Annus standing with Staff from Government House and Mr Walter McGuire, Mrs Meg McGuire of Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours and Experiences

8 Jul, 2020

Governor takes a journey through Perth’s ancient Aboriginal past

The Governor, Ms Annus and staff from Government House joined Mr Walter McGuire, Mrs Meg McGuire and their daughter Ilona McGuire from Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours and Experiences on a spiritual conversational tour through Perth’s Aboriginal past at Elizabeth Quay, or “Goomup” in Noongar culture.

On 19 April 2020, Go Cultural celebrated their 4th birthday. Through the sharing of traditional songs, dreamtime stories and Noongar Culture, Walter and his family start conversation’s with people from all nationalities and cultures that join their tours. They currently conduct tours of four fantastic locations at Goomup (Elizabeth Quay), Karrgatup (Kings Park), Goologoolup (Yagan Square) and Wadjemup (Rottnest Island) with private and extended tour options available.

Through these tours you will experience a traditional welcome (in language) to the land of the Whadjuk people which they have called home since the beginning of time, hear the Noongar story, the first story of the Whadjuk people and ancient Dreaming stories passed down through countless generations. Guests will learn about the traditional way of life of the Whadjuk people, their spiritual connection the country, the river and the animals that inhabit Noongar Boodja.

“If you really want to comprehend Perth before settlement, you can not do better than to join Walter from Go Cultural on a conversational tour. They outline in great detail the lifestyles of Aboriginal people during colonial times. Walter and his family take you on an informative journey of the cultural achievement and also the injustices of the past. My wife and I accompanied by staff from Government House found this tour to be deeply moving and I was delighted to go on this award winning tour with them. I would strongly recommend any of the four tours on offer and and I will be attending the others.”

Governor

*We acknowledge that NAIDOC Week is traditionally marked this week in July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Due to the impacts of COVID-19 celebrations have been postponed to November 2020 with the theme #AlwaysWasAlwaysWillBe.

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