Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are the oldest continuous living cultures in the history of the world – they go back at least 50,000 years ago. There are many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia, made up of people from a rich diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribal groups throughout Australia which each speak their own languages and have distinctive cultural beliefs and traditions.
The Aboriginal Bidi (paths) have become today’s highways and roads. When the south west was explored by the Europeans, they commented on the existence of well clear paths and tracks between major campsites and places where favourite food and other resources could be collected. Early colonial roads frequently followed the line of Whadjuk tracks as many of these tracks passed water resources.