Walking with

Walking with

Walk with an expert and see the world in new light

Explore the idea of walking as a meditative practice by taking a specially curated stroll. Grounded in cross-curriculum priorities Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures and Sustainability, Walking With opens students to diverse understandings and interpretations of the landscape.

After exploring one of four unique locations, students will develop their own creative response to the walk, gaining a greater understanding and appreciation of place.


Audience: Primary school students
Dates/times: Walks are available on various dates. Contact schools@perthfestival.com.au to discuss availability or send a booking request here


Walk with Noongar elder Dr Noel Nannup as he reveals the stories and histories of Keiermulu (Lake Monger), part of a vast wetland that sustained the Whadjuk Noongar people for generations.

Dr Noel Nannup is a well-respected Noongar Elder. He is a known story teller and cultural guide, instructor and mentor. As Heritage Consultant with Indigenous Tours WA, Noel established the Swan River Tour in 2009, Rottnest Island Tour in 2008 and Kings Park Tour in 2004.

Date Duration Year Level    
Mon 12 Feb 1.75hrs (TBC) 4,5 & 6    

Dropoff & Pickup:
Dodds St, Wembley. Near the Lake Monger Barbecue Area  (https://goo.gl/maps/yvoeSBtUbZL2)


Mei Saraswati is an electronic musician and sound artist. Join her on a live listening exploration of Baigup Wetlands.

Mei Saraswati is a video, sound and performance artist and electronic musician based in Perth. Her practice explores emotional connection to land, especially within the bio-diverse Swan Coastal Plain, investigating the human capacity to forget a natural place once it has been cleared and built over.

Date Duration Year Level    
Mon 26 Feb 1.5hrs 3 & 4    

Dropoff & Pickup:
Bus stop at 3 Caledonian Lane, Maylands (https://goo.gl/maps/6sKsu3Eb7FU2)


Scientist Hannah Etchells will explore the way the ecosystem responds to bushfire, reading the signs of recovery that are embedded in the landscape.

Hannah Etchells is a scientist and former designer. Her love of plants led her to pursue a PhD looking at catastrophic wildfires in southwest Australia. She’s trying to figure out how such fires affect the ecological interactions among plants, fungi and small native mammals – including a threatened mainland population of quokkas.

This event is now booked out.

Date Duration Year Level    
Fri 16 Feb 2 hrs 5 & 6    

Dropoff & Pickup: Roe Gardens Carpark, Kings Park (https://goo.gl/maps/W7owhCjV9bM2


Poet J. P. Quinton writes about walking. Explore abundance and destruction in the Beeliar Wetlands through his unique understanding of the narrative landscape.

Amongst other adventures, J.P. Quinton has cycled from Perth to Melbourne, and has walked the Australian Alp Walking Track twice. His first novel Bad Boy Boogie: The Adventures of Bon Scott is available on Amazon. He is now writing novels about hiking the Bibbulmun Track, The Shikoku Island Pilgrimage, The Te Araroa Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail.

This event is now booked out.

Date Duration Year Level    
Wed 28 Feb 1.5hrs 4 & 5    

Dropoff & Pickup:
Elinor Reserve: Corner of Elinor Place & Malvolio Road, Coolbellup (https://goo.gl/maps/uzuvGKrGGm92)