Wayiba, wanthiwa, hello

Nowhere else will you find a culture and land as ancient as the Pilbara. The Pilbara is over 2.5 billion years old – discover it through the eyes of Traditional Owners whose ancestors have walked this land for more than 40, 000 years.

Incredible insight into rock art at Dampier. Felt so privileged to engage in conversation and hear the amazing stories of song lines. Presented incredibly well with passion and deep knowledge! Congratulations Ngurrangga Tours!

Jennie

WWHHHAATTT! What huge news!!! 

Thank you so much everyone who joins us on a tour or an experience- it is the best feeling taking people out on Country and sharing our strong, rich Culture, and it certainly means the world to be recognised in this way. 

#proud #top10percent #aboriginalculture
Wayiba (Hello),

Today, 1st of July is the birthday for all of our Elders whom do not have a record of their birth or were born in the bush/outback. It is also the first day of NAIDOC Week and this year's theme is Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud.

As we reflect on our amazing history and also tragic history, we CANNOT forget what our Elders have been through and what they have fought for, to enable all of the First Nation's Australians to have, which is a better lifestyle than they (our Elders) had in the past!

I am so privileged to have spent my life learning from my Elders, especially my late uncle D.Daniel aka Warnda-mayaganha (pictured above). He was my hero and inspiration to become the man I am today, and it was he who first taught me about the marni-ngarli (rock art/petroglyphs) in Murujuga.

Without our Elders, we wouldn't know our history, culture and our identity as Indigenous people and we must always respect and appreciate everything they have done for us, and we must do everything we can to look after them and to learn their knowledge to pass on to the next generations, after they have passed.

Clinton Walker
Took this pic of Pyramid Station workers mustering cattle as we were driving past to head into Python Pool an the old Wittenoom Road. In the background is Pyramid Hill aka Gurrguranha in the Ngarluma language.
Thank you so much to all the feedback you guys gave in our stories, it will help so much in our development of new products and experiences. 

We are still running tours this season, but only a limited schedule, and we are definitely still working with schools and corporate groups. 

But at the same time, we are taking time to reflect and plan strategically our next steps so our business can grow and evolve sustainably. Our priority is to create a space for our culture to thrive in to the future, thinking both about our young people and our Elders. In our Ngarda way, this takes time, connection and space. 

We honestly feel so privileged you are on this journey with us.
Excellent
Based on 83 reviews
Jacqueline E
Jacqueline E
15/10/2022
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Rock art and bush food tour This has been a highlight of my trip in the Pilbara, hearing from a very eloquent traditional owner about the rock art, bush plants but also the impact of the mining industry on their struggles to have their land recognised and respected. Clinton was an excellent host.
Alanna S
Alanna S
02/10/2022
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Sublime The rock art tour was the highlight of our stay in the Pilbara. Our guide, Clinton's nephew Elijah, was incredibly knowledgable and went above and beyond, accommodating a range of questions. The time to go is late afternoon. Or even better, when it is raining, as you can see them more easily. To quote the archeologist who first documented these petroglyphs in the 1960s, "The Egyptian government would not tolerate any plans to erect a petrochemical plant next to the pyramids of Giza, the French would never quarry the limestone containing Lascaux Cave for building blocks... Western Australia lacks the ancient structures of the Old World, but it has cultural heritage sites rivalling in value those anywhere else. Some of its Pilbara petroglyphs are three times older than the ages of the Pyramids, Lascaux art and the [Afghan] Buddha figures added together. They were created by the oldest living culture on earth, and these timeless sentinels are trenchant reminders of the transience of our own society and culture. By comparison to these witnesses of our ephemeral existence the cultural works we, the invaders of this continent, have managed to erect in Western Australia—our museums and statues and Lang Hancock’s mansion—are worthless trinkets."
Julie C
Julie C
11/09/2022
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So much more than art - great history about the ancestors and the region as well. We had Anthony as our tour guide. Anthony is a local indigenous man with good knowledge of the area and the history as well as the Rock Art. We learned so much more about the history in the area and he pointed out so many more rock art pictures that we would not have seen without him showing us these. It was great to listen to him and learn more about the artwork and culture. Thank you so much.
Kylie Hodgkinson
Kylie Hodgkinson
28/08/2022
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Karratha Aboriginal Cultural Experience I attended the 4wd tour. Great value for money. Great activity, learnt so much about the rich history of the country. Clinton is the tour guide he is traditional custodian of country and a wealth of knowledge passed down from his ancestors. The team were friendly, the other groups of people on the tour across all age groups from children to nomads, unanimously all shared they had the best day too. We drove through many different types of terrain. Learnt about all native flowers and wildlife Bush tucker, plucked directly off the tree fresh. Swam in many dams, waterholes and flowing rivers to fill up our water bottles. In a short day we truly captured the essence of how the First Nations people lived off the land. Some people had their own four wheel drives , I travelled in the tour guides 4WD it was a brand new land cruiser very comfortable and had air conditioning and power points for my phone.The tour guide had a two way he was sharing information with the other vehicles while we were driving from place to place.We were given useful information that would save life if ever lost in the desert how to find food water and shelterWe learnt the protocols of how to respectfully experience aboriginal culture what we can take photos of and which things not to, correct language and cultural acknowledgments.
Sonya S
Sonya S
04/08/2022
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Informative and very moving Informative and very moving, we really enjoyed our tour of the ancient rock art with three young and highly knowledgeable indigenous guides “helping out” their uncle Clinton. It is mind-blowing to think the art has been here upwards of 30,000 years, marking story lines that eventually crossed Australia. And heartbreaking to hear of plans to build a fertiliser plant adjacent to this precious historic site. Someone needs to start a proper campaign to kill this plan off. Anyone who participates in this tour cannot help but be activated to raise a voice against this.
pamharris3146
pamharris3146
22/07/2022
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Excellent way to see and learn about the Rock Art Two+ hours of informative commentary which I found very interesting. Anthony spoke quietly and took a little while to get into his rhythm, but once he did, he imparted a lot of knowledge with a good sense of humour and patience with our slowness at seeing things. He managed to point out so many petroglyphs and also gave lots of information on the local plants and lifestyle of the indigenous people when they still lived off the land.We stayed on the official path and this walk could be done without a guide, but we got so much more from Anthony than we would have on our own. He pointed out and explained so many more pictures than the information boards talk about and also about who made the petrography etc.
Georgia K
Georgia K
16/07/2022
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Highly recommend Excellent. So much knowledge generously shared. I highly recommend doing this tour with Clint, we even thought we'd like to do it again.
Abbie R
Abbie R
09/07/2022
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4wd tag along tour This tour is the highlight of our trip! We did so much in one day and could not stop talking about all we'd experienced and learnt. From the fun 4wd'ing in the outback of WA, seeing historical aboriginal rock art, learning the history of Clinton and Elijahs families within the area, tasting delicious bush tucker, hearing dream time stories and seeing beautiful landscapes - this tour is jam packed with everything you could think of and more. You'll also have so much fun with your tour guides who are so passionate, genuine and down to earth. Already looking at booking our next tour!
Nicole M
Nicole M
10/06/2022
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Amazing tour, learnt much about this significant cultural site, gained a deeper understanding of First Nations culture. Highly recommend doing a tour to gain a full understanding and appreciation of the rock art and surrounds and the long cultural significance of the site. We had two knowledgeable and passionate tour guides generously share their stories, a laser pointer made it easy for us to find the different carvings (which we would have missed without the tour!). There was a family with small children on the tour who were captivated as well! I am so glad we did the tour! We booked through the Karratha visitor centre and did the 8am tour.