Q. What does 'Wuddi' mean/symbolise? Why Wuddi Tours?
A. Pronounced 'Wood-I' the name of the business represents our family totem, the centipede. With strong family values we've always traded as 'Wuddi Cultural tours'.
Q. When did the business idea start?
A. On and off it's been approximately 16 years. Our children and other indigenous children would ask us questions about family and culture and it was then we realised that our culture was slowly being lost by the next generation. As elders started to pass away many of the stories weren't being passed down and so we decided to start 'Wuddi Cultural Tours'
The business commenced in Dumbleyung, 2000. Our subsequent move to Perth didn't interrupt the operation and we continued to host tours in Dumbleyung, departing from our office in Subiaco.
Q. What can someone expect when they join a Wuddi Tour?
A. Our tours are flexible and the itinerary can be custom built depending on the time frame, requests etc. from each group. We visit untouched sites and connect the site and the artefacts to the stories of our area and our people. The sites are located across the Shire and are accessible in our Wuddi Cultural Tours Bus. Generally our tours are half day-full day experiences.
Q. What do you offer/provide at your shop front?
A. All tours depart from our new 'Wuddi Cultural tours' shop (located at 22 Harvey Street). The shop front also allows us to display local artwork, indigenous artwork and artefacts, plus small tokens from our local area - e.g. precious stones found at Lake Dumbleyung. In time we hope to create a small museum with information about the Noongar people and their connection to this land.
Q. Tell us more about your official opening this Friday?
A. We will offically open this This Friday June 10, at 10am there will be a cake stall and morning tea available for people to purchase whilst they look through the shop. At midday we'll have our official opening with Dumbleyung Primary School attending and all the Noongar children from Dumbleyung will be in traditional paint and assist in the cutting of the ribbon. A local elder will also open the shop followed by a traditional Noongar dance.
Lunch is available and includes Kangaroo Stew, Kangaroo sausages, Tomato soup, Pumpkin soup and Damper at a cost of $10 per person. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Wuddi Cultural Tours would like to thank the Shire of Dumbleyung, Lenard Thorn, Bob Bray, Heather Wright, Mr and Mrs Hansen and Mr and Mrs Thorn for all their time, support and contribution to Wuddi Cultural Tours.
Wuddi Cultural Tours opening hours are,
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 10am til 4pm
Wednesday - Closed
Saturday, Sunday - by appointment/groups and tours
For more information about Wuddi Cultural Tours contact Anne or Grant Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0476 646 766. You can also pop down and visit Anne and Grant at the Wuddi Cultural Tours Shop at 22 Harvey Street, Dumbleyung.