Indigenous Weather Knowledge

Yirrganydji calendar

Yirrganydji

Image of Yirrganydji seasonal calendar wheel showing two main seasons which are Kurrabana (wet season) and Kurraminya (dry season). Within the image there are two sub-seasons under Kurrabana which are Jimburralji (cyclone time) and Jawarranyji (storm time). Under the season Kurraminya	there are three sub-seasons which are Wumbulji (hot time), Yiwanyji (windy time) and Jinjim (cool time). The seasonal wheel also shows photos of (from top left corner and moving in a clock-wise direction) a baby turtle, wallaby, stingray, golden wattle tree, blue quandongs in an elder's hand, an echidna, Leichardt tree flowers and Illawarra flame tree. Yirrganydji calendar - click to view big version


The Yirrganydji traditional lands and waters extend along the coastal plains from Cairns to Port Douglas in Far North Queensland. The Yirrganydji seasonal calendar shows two major seasons: Kurrabana (wet season) spanning November to May, which has two minor seasons: Jawarranyji (storm time) and Jimburralji (cyclone time). Kurraminya (dry season) spanning May to November, which has three minor seasons: Jinjim (winter time), Yiwanyji (windy time), and Wumbulji (hot time)

 

 

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To find out more about the Yirrganydji calendar, request a copy of the Yirrganydji seasonal calendar wheel available as a PDF file, from: iwk@bom.gov.au

 

Kurrabana

Kurraminya

Kurrabana


November-January

Storm time
'first rains'

Storm time


January-May

Cyclone time

Cyclone time
Kurraminya


May-July

Cool time
'dew on the ground'

Cool time


July-September

Windy time

Windy time


September-November

Hot and humid time
'build-up before wet season'

Hot time
Storm time Cyclone time Cool time Windy time Hot time