Situated within Bull Creek (Canning River), Bateman Park is dense with river gums and melaleucas. This vegetation supports significant flora and fauna species. Equally the Bull Creek estuary environment provides important sheltered habitat for fish, sea birds and dolphins.
The Bull Creek area is known as Gabbiljee in Noongar, which means watery place at the end of the river. To Whadjuk Noongars this area was of considerable importance during the summer months as the Gabbiljee provided large amounts of food compared to surrounding drier areas along the coastal plain.
Bateman Park is popular for bush walking, bird watching and fishing.
Look out for the wooden interpretation facility near the jetty to learn more about the history of this area.
This site is managed by the City of Melville where you can find more information.
Kaalitj – ngort Koondaam, Bateman Park
Looping around Bateman Park is the virtual trail Kaalitj – ngort Koondaam (meaning Dragonfly Dreaming in Noongar). This trail was named in recognition of the Brentwood Living Stream project, after Whadjuk Elders were overwhelmed with blue dragonflies on their first visit to the site.
Download the Geotourist App to join us on a river journey to learn more about the significance of the Djarlgarro Beeliar (Canning River) to the Whadjuk Noongar people, and its surrounding area known as Gabbiljee, "the watery place at the end of the river".
Running along the Bull Creek tributary at Bateman Park in Brentwood is a River Journey, which showcases the cultural heritage and natural values of this area. To Whadjuk people the Djarlgarro Beeliar and Gabbiljee are a source of life.
Listen to the audio stories, below, shared by Whadjuk Elder Marie Taylor about this part of the river.
Welcome to Country
Listen to Whadjuk Elder Marie Taylor welcome you to country, the land of the Whadjuk people. To the Whadjuk Noongar people this area is known as Djalgarro Beeliar.
Djalgarro River birthing site
Listen to Whadjuk Elder Marie Taylor talk about the significance of the Djalgarro Beeliar to Noongars, once being a birthing site for Noongar women.
Fishing for mullet
Marie Taylor, Whadjuk Elder, explains how Noongars used to fish for mullet in the Canning River, using a little help from the Kwilana, the dolphin.
One of the most important aspects of the Djalgarro River is its place of healing. Listen to Marie Taylor, Whadjuk Elder, talk about what it means to heal and how it cleanses ones soul.
Listen to Whadjuk Elder Marie Taylor talk about Noongar language and how it still survives today.
Living Stream Project
Whadjuk Elder Marie Taylor discuss the significance of the Living Stream Project at Brentwood, and how the project got its name ‘Kaalitj – ngort Koondaam’ Dragonfly Dreaming.
Men and Women business
Listen to Marie Taylor, Whadjuk Elder, talk about the significance of sacred lores of the past, where men and women’s business took place.
The Sheoak Tree
Hear Marie Taylor, Whadjuk Elder, talk about the significance of the Kulli, or the Sheoak, to the Noongar people, and why you should never cut the Kulli down.
River mapping walking
Whadjuk Elder Marie Taylor discusses the art of teaching while walking, and why it’s important that children are taught how the land is mapped out.
Noongars have six seasons, which are two months at a time. Listen to Whadjuk Elder Marie Taylor talk about how Noongars know when the season changes and why this is so important.
Listen to Whadjuk Elder Marie Taylor talk about the creation of the Djalgarro Beeliar, the Canning River.
Yagan and Whadjuk families
Listen to Whadjuk Elder Marie Taylor discuss the significance of family and land, and how Yagan and his father Midgegooroo, fought for their land.