Margaret River’s Cape Cultural Tours has added a unique coastal fishing tour to their range of Cape Naturaliste Indigenous experiences.
The new Djiljit (a traditional word meaning ‘fish’) Coastal Experience sees visitors fishing with traditional Wadandi custodians in the spectacular seascape of Meelup Regional Park, and the Capes region.
“The local Aboriginal people named Meelup “place of looking at the moon rising” because the full moon appears to rise out the sea,” says Cape Cultural Tours owner Josh Whiteland. “Wadandi fish by the phases of the moon, and the crystal-clear waters here are home to herring, salmon and bream.
“Your guide will pass on the stories of the ‘boodja’ country, during a walk along the pristine coastline. It’s common to see dolphins, whales and schools of fish from the coastal ridge, depending on which of the six Aboriginal seasons we are in.”
“Visitors learn how these seasons influence what the Wadandi gather and hunt as the guide explains the area’s flora and fauna and teaches you how to prepare your fish and forage for your salad, Whiteland says. “Ultimately, everyone enjoys a BBQ lunch on location!”
The new fishing experience complements Cape Cultural Tours’ two other products: A 90-minute ‘Kaya’ Cape Experience featuring a Welcome to Country and didgeridoo performance; and a longer 2.5 hour Cape Cultural Experience where a 2.5km walk, traditional stories and coastal foraging conclude with interactive didgeridoo, native food tastings and refreshments.
The Djiljit tour operates February to May annually, and is suitable for couples, families and small groups. The experience includes all fishing gear and beach towels, a BBQ lunch cooked on location served with Margaret River Region beer, wines and refreshments.
Cape Cultural Tours has been operating for two years and is owned by Whiteland, whose award-winning sister business Koomal Dreaming has been established in Dunsborough for several years.
For more information visit www.capeculturaltours.com.au.