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THE NOONGAR SEASON OF DJERAN IN PERTH (BOORLOO)

Feature by Carolyn Beasley

High on the grassy hill of Kings Park (Kaarta Koomba), a light afternoon breeze wafts with perfume; the heady scent of just-emerging Boronia blooms.

The Noongar season of Djeran, during April and May, is a time when the bush around Perth (Boorloo) is delightfully aromatic as nature recovers from the sweltering summer months. Steven Jacobs, Noongar man and owner of In Culture Tours, says that in modern times, Boronia has been used in perfumes, but this use is nothing new.

“Before colonisation, we didn’t have deodorants, so the women would take a heap of Boronia down to the river and bathe in that stuff to attract men,” Steven says. “It’s always been a perfume.”

Couple on a tour with In Culture Tours in Perth

In Culture Tours, Perth