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True Blue Wonders

Updated on January 1, 2009

A song celebrating the wonders of Australia!

True Blue Wonders is a unique song celebrating the beautiful country of Australia and its animals.

It features the fascinating sounds of the didgeridoo imitating different Australian animals. You'll hear a kookaburra laughing, a dingo growling and barking, a kangaroo bouncing and the clapsticks playing the sound of a crocodile's jaws snapping. The names of the animals are sung in indigenous languages from around Australia.

True Blue Wonders - Photo Video

True Blue Wonders Lyrics

Words: D.A. Hollingworth; Music: C.S. Searle and D.A. Hollingworth

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There is a song that rides the wind as it sweeps this ancient land

It tells of a land of wonders and those who call it home

Come walkabout in our big backyard and listen for the song

You might hear the kangaroo singing right along

Yonga, yonga, yonga, yonga

Yonga, yonga, yonga, yonga

Kangaroo lives in the land down under

Kangaroo is a true blue wonder

Come walkabout in our big backyard and listen for the song

You might hear the kookaburra singing right along

Koo-wark, koo-wark, koo-wark, koo-wark

Koo-wark, koo-wark, koo-wark, koo-wark

Kookaburra lives in the land down under

Kookaburra is a true blue wonder

Come walkabout in our big backyard and listen for the song

You might hear the crocodile singing right along

Bäru, bäru, bäru, bäru

Bäru, bäru, bäru, bäru ...

Crocodile lives in the land down under

Crocodile is a true blue wonder

Come walkabout in our big backyard and listen for the song

You might hear the dingo singing right along

Ngurran, ngurran, ngurran, ngurran

Ngurran, ngurran, ngurran, ngurran

Dingo lives in the land down under

Dingo is a true blue wonder

You and I are true blue wonders

We come from the land down under

Indigenous animal names and their origins / dialects:

Yonga: Kangaroo (Nyoongar)

Koo-wark: Kookaburra (Wathaurong)

Bäru: Crocodile (Gupapyngu)

Ngurran: Dingo (Kamilaroi)

Teaching Resources

The following downloadable teaching resources are included in the True Blue Wonders package from Beat Boppers:

A set of flashcards with the Indigenous names of the animals and other related words. (Set of 8 cards)

Reproducible lyric sheet and teaching notes with suggestions for activities using True Blue Wonders.

(5 pages)

Pictures to make stick puppets or magnet-board pieces.

An information sheet about the didgeridoo.

A map of Australia showing the Indigenous regions of Australia where the dialects used in the song are spoken.

MP3 audio of the song True Blue Wonders

Kangaroo

Kangaroo
Kangaroo

Kookaburra

Kookaburra
Kookaburra

Crocodile

Crocodile
Crocodile

Dingo

Dingo
Dingo

Koala

Koala
Koala

Emu

Emu
Emu

Share your thoughts about the song or how you've used it. You can also share ideas for activities or teaching ideas.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great work, makes me feel proud to be Australian, big ups!

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