There are six seasons on the Noongar calendar which dictated the seasonal movements of the Margaret River region’s indigenous people, the Wadandi or Saltwater People. And with hot summer weather arriving, we are now into the season known as Birak. There are many plant and animal indicators of the six seasons, which we see and discuss on our Cape to Cape Track hiking adventures!

Easing rain with warming temperatures

During Birak, the rain eases and the warm weather really starts to take hold. However, afternoons are pleasantly cooled by predominant south-westerly sea breezes.

Mosaic burning in the fire season

Traditionally this was the fire season. Reliable easterly winds in the morning and sea breezes in the afternoon meant that this was burning time for Noongar people. And they would burn the country in mosaic patterns. Their motivation was fuel reduction, increasing the grazing pastures for animals, aiding seed germination, and making it easy to move across country.

An active time for wildlife on the Cape to Cape

In the coastal heath, woodland and forests along the Cape to Cape Track, fledglings venture out of nests in Birak. However, the youngster still stay close to their parents, particularly magpies and parrots. Reptiles shed their old skin for a new one. And with the rising temperatures and the decreasing rainfall, it’s also a time for baby frogs to complete their transformation into adulthood.

Walking the Track with traditional owners

In the Margaret River region, we work with the traditional owners. And our guides have learned much of their knowledge from local Wadandi custodians. On our Guided 8-Day Cape to Cape Track adventure, each day covers a different theme, includng one day dedicated to indigenous culture and practices. 

How to book your Cape to Cape adventure

To learn more, book your 8-Day Guided End-to-End adventure. Or choose one of our self-guided adventures on the Cape to Cape Track. And we’ll see you on the Track soon!

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