Oolin Sunday Island Cultural Tour
Explore tranquil, unspoilt locations and learn about the cultural and environmental significance of this spectacular marine reserve just two hours’ drive north of Broome, on the Dampier Peninsula in Western Australia. The remote Kimberley coast is an untouched wilderness rich in Aboriginal culture.
Join Jawi woman Rosanna Angus on a journey that began thousands of years ago through what is today known as the Middle Passage. Pass through the whirlpools where you can experience the power of some of the world’s biggest tidal waters and learn how these massive tidal currents were used by the Jawi people to hunt, fish and trade. Abundant with wildlife, the sheltered Buccaneer Archipelago and King Sound are nurseries for humpback whale calves and three types of dolphin.
Cygnet Bay, Dampier Peninsula, WA. Approximately 2 hours north of Broome. Please note a 4WD vehicle is needed on the Pearl Farm Road.
What to expect
Rosanna will give you a brief introduction to her culture, family fishing traditions and the story of the tide drifters. BielBiel is the traditional name for the raft fashioned from mangrove wood and Jawi ancestors used the massive tidal currents to travel between the islands to hunt, fish and trade with neighbouring peoples.
Rosanna will host you on an incredible day aboard a shaded boat, learning about culture, history, stories, scenery, wildlife and much more.
Places we visit along the way:
A brief visit to beautiful Middle Beach. Discover the story behind the establishment of Ardyaloon and its connection to Sunday Island.
We navigate the turbulent waters of this narrow pass between Jooloom and Jayirri islands and discover its cultural significance.
Place of running water, Goodngarngoon is a place of great cultural importance to the Bardi Jawi people.
The tour is not age limited, the boat has a shade, it's safe to move around and offers a toilet onboard if required and life jackets must be worn on the boat.
Meet your guide Rosanna at the reception area at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm where you will be fitted with a comfortable life jacket to wear whilst on the boat.
You will be Welcomed by Rosanna, followed by a safety briefing. The tour begins with the tide drifter story and learning about the BielBiel (raft) which is on display.
Then it is out to the mooring to board onto the shaded touring boat.
Places visited along the way include:
- Ardyaloon Community from the water. Rosanna will share the story behind the establishment of Ardyaloon, point out where she grew up with her family and the connection to Sunday Island.
- Pearl Passage: Navigate the turbulent waters of this narrow pass between Jooloom and Jayirri islands and discover its cultural significance.
- Goodngarngoon, the place of running water, holds deep cultural importance to the Bardi Jawi people.
- Ewuny - Old Mission site (from the boat). Discover who started the Mission and why Sunday Island was chosen as the site. Learn about life at the Mission and why the culture is still strong.
- Visit the barge landing, learn how supplies and people were ferried to and from the island, when and why the mission closed and where the people went.
- Pull into a secluded beach for some home-made damper, tea or coffee. Depending on the tide you may wish to go for a quick swim.
Returning you back to Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm by approximately 1:30pm.
You may wish to book into the Restaurant for late lunch or explore further and stay for dinner at the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm Restaurant.
Departs: Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, Dampier Peninsula – just over a two hour drive north of Broome.
- Your guide will meet you at the Cygnet Bay Bookings Office - Please arrive at least 15 mins prior to departure time.
What to bring
- Sun glasses
- A sense of adventure!
YOUR EXPERIENCE PROVIDER
Rosanna Angus is a Jawi woman whose family lived on Sunday Island, off the top of the Dampier Peninsula, a two hour drive north of Broome. Rosanna started her business in 2020 to share her Bardi Jawi culture and the Dreaming stories connected to Sunday Island through her tour.
Earlier in 2022 Rosanna won the Individual Excellence in Aboriginal Tourism Award in Western Australia. Rosanna impressed judges with her contribution to the public’s understanding of Aboriginal culture and was recognised for her innovative leadership skills, particularly her focus on supporting and inspiring Aboriginal women.