Rock Art Tour, Yaburrara Trail
Take a two-hour Aboriginal guided rock art tour along the Yaburrara Trail near Karratha in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The Yaburrara Trail is in the hills behind the town of Karratha, the trail features red rocky outcrops, vast stretches of spinifex grass and is rich in Aboriginal history, culture and art. Guided by a Traditional Owner of the region you will see and learn about the petroglyphs (rock engraving) created by the Yaburrara (Northern Ngarluma) people, over 10,000 petroglyphs have been discovered in the area with some dating back over 6,000 year. Aboriginal shell middens, stone quarries and tool making sights are also found along the trail. The tour also offers several picturesque panoramic lookouts across Karratha and the surrounding region.
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Yaburrara Heritage Trail
What to expect
Clinton Walker is a descendant of the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi people, who are the Traditional Owners of the coastal and inland areas of the West Pilbara region. Clinton started Ngurrangga Tours to educate and immerse people in the ways of his culture and history so that they could understand more about Pilbara Aboriginal culture and country.
- Traditional Welcome to Country
- Ancient Aboriginal Rock Art
- Sacred Sites
- Traditional Stories
- Shell Middens
- Amazing vista views of Karratha and Nickol Bay
What is included
This is a 2 hour tour at the Yaburrara Trail, Karratha. The trail covers rugged country with some steep climbs and descents. You will need to provide your own transport to the Yaburrara Trail.
The tour operates daily from 8.00am – 10.00am.
Karrratha Tank Hill Lookout, Stove Hill, Western Australia. Overflow parking at Karratha Tourism and Visitor Centre.
What to bring
- Closed in shoes
YOUR EXPERIENCE PROVIDER
Ngurrangga Tours allows you to experience the Pilbara through the eyes of a traditional owner. You will see some of the most beautiful landscapes and hear the stories of this region.
Ngurrangga Tours is a fully Aboriginal owned and operated tourism company delivering tours to the coastal and inland areas within the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi traditional country.
Clinton Walker started Ngurrangga Tours to educate and immerse people in the ways of his culture and history so that they could understand more about Pilbara Aboriginal culture and country.
Clinton is a descendant of the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi people, who are the Traditional Owners of the coastal and inland areas of the West Pilbara region encompassing areas such as the City of Karratha, Dampier Archipelago, Murujuga National Park and Millstream-Chichester National Park. Clinton has spent his entire life learning from his Elder’s and family about the traditional ways of his people including speaking Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi languages, he has also been initiated in his people’s Aboriginal Law Ceremony (Birdarra) and is an active member in his cultural responsibilities of looking after his ngurra (country).
Clinton is passionate about raising the profile of the Burrup Peninsula located in Murujuga National Park. It is one of Australia’s most significant heritage sites and an important cultural place for Aboriginal people. The Burrup Peninsula is on the National Heritage register and is home to up to a million Aboriginal rock carvings, some dating back 40,000 years. Despite this, it is relatively unknown worldwide and even in Australia.
Ngurrangga Tours mostly operates from Karratha and offers visitors a unique experience of the Pilbara through the eyes of a traditional owner.
Guests are given the opportunity to learn about bush foods and medicines, explore stunning locations, view and understand ancient rock art in the world’s largest outdoor rock art gallery, hear traditional stories and listen to traditional songs sung using the wirra (boomerang).
Language Groups: Ngarluma/Yindjibarndi
Skin Group: Burungu