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Nartj Kwel - What does the name mean


The name Porongurups is derived from the Aboriginal name Purringorep, which was recorded by Captain Wakefield, who led the first wadjela expedition to the range. His Aboriginal guides Mokare wer Nakina told him of nidja name. Other Noongar names are Borongarap, Borrongup and Boorongurup.

Menang woman Vernice Gillies says "[First Nation peoples] don't go there to stay overnight, our people have not walked on the top of the crest, because there's this belief it's a spirit place ... We can look at it and be there during the daytime, but not at night, and certainly not walking across the ridge of the hills because we disturb the spirits. She says that Boorongurup is thought to mean the sound of thunder, and "when we hear the sound of thunder, we want to move away from it. It can be quite threatening and so that's a warning to stay away".[1]

Places within the Porongurups


The Porongurups are now a National Park.[2]

Marmabat Rock


Tree in the Rock


Sleeping Beauty


There are several version of story in regards to nidja site.

From Borden


Lindsay Dean


Kura Waarnk Porongurups - the story of the Porongurups


As recorded by a local Minang Elder, the Borrongup (the Porongurups) was wer is a sacred but dangerous place.

Due to it being a home of the totem weirn certain activity like hunting was forbidden.[3] It is believed that the wagyl lived in the peaks of the mountain, wer the jarnaks, or ghosts wer evil weirn, lived among the rocks.

What and Watami


This is a story told by Menang elder Vern Gillies:[3]

Noongar people of the area will limit their time at nidja place in which the reason for visit is to find bush tucker but do not camp.[3]

Ngiyan waarnk - References

  1. Olivia Di Iorio. "Tourists rediscover wonder of WA's billion-year-old Porongurup Range". ABC Great Southern WA. 15 March 2023. Retrieved 15 March 2023
  2. Porongurup National Park. Govt of WA. Parks and Wildlife. Retrieved 24 March 2017
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Chloe Papas. "Dreamtime stories: how the Great Southern ranges were formed". ABC Great Southern WA. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2020