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.
The Jaburara Heritage Trail
A three and a half kilometre walk highlighting Karratha’s natural history and the cultural heritage of it’s traditional inhabitants, the Jaburara 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. Contact Karratha Visitor Centre for a trail 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.
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.
See the History and culture section for more information about Indigenous history, explorers and pioneers, pearling and mining and natural history.