Follow one the many heritage trails in Australia’s North West and discover the ancient culture of the Indigenous people, and the hardships faced by European explorers and early pioneers.
Emma Withnell Heritage Trail
This 52 kilometre drive and walk trail starts from the Roebourne Visitor Centre and takes in Cossack, Wickham and Point Samson. An Emma Withnell Heritage Trail guide booklet is available from the visitor centres in Karratha or Roebourne. The trail features several historic buildings and sites with opportunities for walking and picnicking.
Roebourne Heritage Trail
Discover the stories of Roebourne on the Heritage Trail – a 5km or 8km self-guided walk or drive taking in the most significant historical sites of the North West's oldest town. Call into the Roebourne Visitor Centre to pick up a trail map or download here.
Cossack Heritage Trail
Follow the Cossack Heritage Trail for a 3km walk or drive around the town sites, including the Tien Tsin lookout for beautiful views across the Indian Ocean, the European and Asian Cemetery and the Courthouse, now the Cossack Museum. A trail map is available here, or at the Karratha Visitor Centre.
The Yaburara Heritage Trail
A three and a half kilometre walk highlighting Karratha’s natural history and the cultural heritage of it’s traditional inhabitants, the Yaburara Aboriginal Tribe. The trail traces their culture and lifestyle, the impact of white settlement since the 1860s and the spectacular effects of the resources boom from the early 1960s. This is a grade 4 walking trail and may not be suitable for smaller children during the heat of the day, although it may also be undertaken in shorter sections. Contact Karratha Visitor Centre for a trail map or download here.
Ngurin Bush Tucker Trail
The Ngurin Bush Tucker Tail is a grade 2, 2km walking trail, which starts at Jubilee Park in Roebourne. The Ngurin (Harding River) and the surrounding vegetation hold great significance to the Ngarluma people, the traditional owners of this land. On this trail, discover bush tucker and medicines through the interpretative signage. May-September is flowering season for the majority of native plants on the trail. For the trail map and further information, contact the Roebourne Visitor Centre or click here for a copy of the map.
Chichester Range Camel Trail
The Chichester Range Camel Trail is an eight kilometre (three hours one-way) heritage walking trail. It provides an insight into the hardships experienced by the early settlers, crossing the rugged sandstone Chichester Range and following part of the old camel road which links Mount Herbert and Python Pool. Contact Karratha Visitor Centre for a trail map.
Lurujarri Heritage Trail
The Lurujarri Heritage trail is 80km long and begins at Minarringy (also known as Coulomb Point), north of Broome. It’s divided into six sections, each providing an enjoyable day’s walk. Contact Broome Visitor Centre for a trail map. The Goolarabooloo people also operate a nine day escorted walk on this route – The Lurujarri Dreaming Trail. For more information on this walk, please click here.
Minyirr Park Trail
Walk the trails of Minyirr Park at Cable Beach. Three colour coded trails wind their way through this coastal area, heading to the sea, through the bush and through the dunes. This is a beautiful area to walk in the early morning or late afternoon, with views along Cable Beach.
Jetty to Jetty Heritage Trail
This self-guided self guided heritage walk along the foreshore of Roebuck Bay in Broome was launched in 2016. Connect with Broome's story through the voices and music of it's people. Download the free smartphone app and listen to the stories along the trail, and trail maps are available. More information and app downloads.
Pigeon Heritage Trail
The Pigeon Heritage Trail explores the legend of Jandamamuura, the Indigenous man more commonly known as 'Pigeon', who led an armed rebellion against the early European settlers. The trail is made of up two drives, each with opportunities for walking. The first passes through the town of Derby and the other explores the area between Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek, two hours’ drive from Derby. A full day is needed to explore both drives on this trail. Contact Derby Visitor Centre for a trail map.
Joon Joo Botantical Trail
This is a 3km walking trail in Derby with interpretative signage describing the plants and animals of the Wanganut Land System and how they were used by the local Nyikina people. A trail map and booklet is available from Derby Visitor Centre.
See the History and culture section for more information about Indigenous history, explorers and pioneers, pearling and mining and natural history.