Luridgii Tours is owned and operated by Ted Hall, a respected Miriuwung man from Mandangala in North East Kimberley. Ted carries on the stories of his mother's sacred country, including the totem of the Tiltuwum tribal group who are the guardians of the Jaliwang Dreaming.
Luridgii Tours has operated for more than 10 years offering the amazing Jaliwang (Barramundi) Journey tour, the Junuma Tagalong tour and a Cultural Awareness tour.
In 2018, Luridgii tours partnered with Lake Argyle Cruises and Kingfisher tours to offer a once in a life time tour, the Jaliwang Journey. The tour combines all elements of the Barramundi Dreaming story as you follow its travels through the country to where the Jaliwang finally rested and laid its eggs at the Argyle Diamond Mine.
This unique tour is a collaborative partnership by 3 of the region's leading tour operators: Kingfisher Tours, Luridgii Tours and Lake Argyle Cruises. Offered for the first time in 2018, the JALIWANG JOURNEY is a spectacular small group encounter with the heart and soul of the north-east Kimberley.
Depart Kununurra in a light aircraft with Kingfisher Tours to begin your journey following the path of the dreamtime Barramundi (the ”Jaliwang” to the local Miriuwung people). Hear Ted Hall recount the enchanting story of the Jaliwang as it evaded fish traps set on the Ord River, carving its way south, and creating the Dunham River as we know it today. After 40 minutes in the air we set down at Mandangala community where you are welcomed with a traditional "Muntha", a ceremony to ensure safe passage through his land.
Boarding Luridgii Tours 4WD coach we take the 40 minute back road to the Argyle Diamond Mine. Lunch and refreshments are served at the processing plant lookout, while Ted tells of the geological formation and eventual discovery of diamonds on his country, of the sorrow at the desecration of an important sacred site, but also happily of the opportunities and partnerships that have benefited his people.Our tour of the mine concludes with a visit to the Gallery and the mine site Village.
Our coach then heads out to Smoke Creek and the headwaters of Lake Argyle where your launch awaits. Hosted by the incomparable Lake Argyle Cruises, the late afternoon and sunset cruise across the full length of Lake Argyle offers unique opportunities for bird-watching and photographing the rich red escarpments and islands, while also learning of the history of this extraordinary man-made lake.
Departure - 7am from Kingfisher Tours Terminal, Kununurra Airport (courtesy pickups available from your accommodation 30 minutes prior to departure and return approximately 6.30pm to your accommodation.)
The Jaliwang Journey tour is available all year round (weather permitting).
No children under 12. Children over 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Meet your Luridgii guides at Doon Doon Roadhouse and tag along for a day of adventure with the custodians of place and culture in the remote North East Kimberley wilderness of Mandangala.
Drive your 4WD vehicle through spectacular scenery and hear about country told through dreaming stories while you wait for the fish to bite. Swim in iconic outback gorges. Pass the ancient caves and thermal springs of rugged ranges and encounter Miriuwung life. Recognise the meaning of tradition to a culture more than 50,000 years old.
If you’re staying the night (which is optional) your guides will help you set up camp, immerse you in stories of the dreaming in surrounding country and take you walking through it the next day.
Junama 4WD Tagalong tours operate throughout the year.
This tour can be booked in conjunction with the Cultural Awareness Tour.
Learn local culture and traditions of the Miriuwung People in this enlightening tour. This small group tour introduces the local culture, history and social norms of Miriuwung people. You will learn to recognise and understand cultural differences and gain invaluable insights into Aboriginal culture.
The tour can be held at Second Gorge (Ood-ulum-bood-ulu) on Mandangala land, as a booked extra on the Tagalong tour, or in town. Please be aware that the tour is always held on Miriuwung country, due to cultural protocols.
Come on an adventure in a heartland of Aboriginal culture in Australia. Take from this land and its people a newfound wisdom, awareness of culture and respect for the traditional people and lands.
Cultural Tours operate 7 days a week throughout the year.
Tailored programs are available, please call Luridgii to discuss your requirements. You can also book this tour as an add on to your Junama Tagalong Tour.
This is an Iconic bucket list tour in the East Kimberley!.
Luridgii Tours are proud to present the Argyle Diamond Bus Tour - which is part of the Jaliwang (Barramundi) Dreaming Story, as told by traditional owner Ted Hall.
Meet us at the Kununurra Visitor Centre on our air-conditioned bus and drive to the Argyle Diamond Mine. A Luridgii tour guide will take you on an unforgettable tour through the mine, from the processing plant to the open pit, and will explain how these beautiful diamonds are mined. We will also visit the mine gallery, which has an extraordinarily magnificent display of diamonds.
Following the tour, a buffet lunch is provided before returning to Kununurra.
Bookings can only be confirmed once full payment is received. Cancellation of a confirmed booking may be subject to:
- 24 hours and up to 7 days before departure time: 80% refund
- If less than 24 hours before departure time: Non -refundable
- If a “no show” on the day of the booked tour: Non-refundable
An amendment to the date of a tour if made less than 48 hours from departure time will incur a 10% fee. Cancellations by Luridgii Tours will be fully refunded.