Bidi Katitjiny Aboriginal Womens Trail
The Bidi Katitjiny Aboriginal Women’s Trail is a walk trail within the Piney Lakes Reserve, which is a site of significance for the women of the Whadjuk Noongar tribe; who are the traditional custodians of this land.
Bidi Katitjiny (Pathway of Knowledge)
The Bidi Katitjiny Aboriginal Women's Trail promotes the Noongar cultural identity and history reflecting the unique relationship Noongar people, especially women, have with this land. The trail is designed to pass on knowledge and cultural practices, from traditional owners to those who visit.
The trail runs through an area of Piney Lakes Reserve which was traditionally utilised by Aboriginal women throughout the year, over the Noongar Six Seasons. The Noongar Six Seasons each represent a different period of Aboriginal activity which includes the use of natural resources, plants and animals, dependant on weather patterns and various environmental cycles.
Visiting Bidi Katitjiny
The public are invited to visit the trail to further their understanding of traditional Aboriginal cultural practices.
The trail can be taken as a casual self-guided walk or as part of a guided group experience with local Aboriginal guide, Marissa Verma of the Djidi Djidi Aboriginal Women's Group and Bindi Bindi Dreaming.
For more information regarding guided tours along the Bidi Katitjiny Aboriginal Women’s Trail, please contact the Environmental Education Officer (P: 9364 0790).
Traditional Cultural Practices at Piney Lakes
The Whadjuk Noongar people are the traditional owners of Piney Lakes Reserve. The reserve is a significant site for Aboriginal women, who performed ceremonies, discussed women's business and took young boys through their level one initiation.
Their knowledge of plants, to be used for food and medicine, was shared with their children and sustained by following the Aboriginal Six Seasons. Following these seasonal changes enabled the conservation and protection of natural resources and ensured sustainability of the environment for future generations.