Gariwerd Six Seasons

In Aboriginal culture, the Grampians National Park and the surrounding landscape is known as Gariwerd. Within this landscape, six distinct weather periods are recognised. These are known as the Gariwerd Six Seasons. (More information on the six seasons can be found at http://www.bom.gov.au/iwk/calendars/gariwerd.shtml)

Kooyang

Late summer
January-March

Eel season
Hottest and driest time
Scarce surface water
High bushfire risk
Night sky is bright with stars

Gwangal moronn

Autumn
March-May

Honey bee season
Warm, still days
Country starts to cool
Cooler mornings
Red sunrises and golden evenings

Chunnup

Winter
May-July

Cockatoo season
Freezing winds
Coldest time of year
Bleak mists
Rain

Larneuk

Pre-spring
July-August

Nesting bird season
Dramatic weather changes
Wettest time of year
Rivers run high

Petyan

Spring
September-November

Wildflower season
Tempestuous weather
Warmer days
Bush bursts into life
Emu constellation appears

Ballambar

Early summer
November-January

Butterfly season
Summer heat starts
Hot, dry days
Stable weather