Darebin Creek Indigenous Calendar

The following Indigeneous Seasonal Calendar is based on the page compiled by Dr. Beth Gott of Bioligical Sciences, Monash University and viewable here

All over Australia, Aborigines had their own local yearly calendars. Just as the climate in Kakadu is very different from that of Melbourne, so the Wurundjeri had their own way of marking the changing seasons. The division of the year into four seasons comes from Northern Europe, and does not fit Melbourne. We still think of winter as an unfavourable season for plants, when northern European trees drop their leaves and become dormant, but for our native plants, especially the small tuberous herbs, winter is a season of growth. At this time the bush is green, and the temperatures are rarely low enough to stop growth. The unfavourable season is high summer, when water is scarce, and much of the ground flora becomes brown and dies off. Water-plants such as Cumbungi are usually green during the summer, they die off during the winter.


Melbourne Indigenous Seasonal Calendar

Melbourne Seasonal Calendar

Late Summer: February - Mid March

General description of season and highlights.

Flora

Paragraph describing the flowering and other notable changes during this season.

Fauna

Paragraph describing the animals, insects and other wildlife that may be present during this season

Early Winter: April and May

General description of season and highlights.

Flora

Paragraph describing the flowering and other notable changes during this season.

Fauna

Paragraph describing the animals, insects and other wildlife that may be present during this season

Deep Winter: June - mid July

General description of season and highlights.

Flora

Paragraph describing the flowering and other notable changes during this season.

Fauna

Paragraph describing the animals, insects and other wildlife that may be present during this season

Early Spring: mid July and August

General description of season and highlights.

Flora

Paragraph describing the flowering and other notable changes during this season.

Fauna

Paragraph describing the animals, insects and other wildlife that may be present during this season

True Spring: September and October

General description of season and highlights.

Flora

Paragraph describing the flowering and other notable changes during this season.

Fauna

Paragraph describing the animals, insects and other wildlife that may be present during this season

High Summer: November, December and January

General description of season and highlights.

Flora

Paragraph describing the flowering and other notable changes during this season.

Fauna

Paragraph describing the animals, insects and other wildlife that may be present during this season