Bart Pigram is a Yawuru man from the West Kimberley region of northwest Australia. Born and bred in Broome, Bart has a passion for telling the complete story of life in Broome. Bart draws on knowledge gained from living a saltwater lifestyle as well as professional training as a curator.
Narlijia means ‘true for you’ in the Yawuru (Australian Aboriginal) language, reflecting Bart’s wish to tell the ‘entire’ story by sharing his Aboriginal and multicultural perspective first hand.
View the dinosaur tracks, hear the Dreaming stories and visit ancient shell middens created by the Djugun-Yawuru people of Broome.
You will also visit the Minyirr area of Broome; one of the most diverse landscapes in the Kimberley region embodying some of Broome's hidden gems and locations.
On this tour Bart will share with you the natural beauty and wonder of the coastline looking out to the Indian Ocean; famous for its 130 million year old dinosaur footprints still visible today.
As you journey from the beach to Roebuck Bay you will learn to identify certain flora, fauna and sites that are still traditionally used by the Djugun and Yawuru people.
Enter Roebuck Bay and Dampier Creek, an internationally significant ecosystem, and also Broome's most historical area. Bart combines ancient stories and landscapes with the pearling phenomena that Broome was built on.
Duration: 3 hours
Front row seats for Staircase to the Moon is a perfect way to end your Beach to Bay Experience.
This special tour offers the best seats in Broome for Staircase to the Moon. This BEACH TO BAY tour runs twice a month and includes all the HIGHLIGHTS OF BEACH TO BAY, with the added component of exclusive front row seats on Buccaneer Rock with your Yawuru guide.
Did you know that you can view '3 Staircase to the Moons' each month! This tour is exclusive to the first two moons.....find out why!
Duration: dependent on Moon
What to bring: Comfortable shoes, insect repellant and your camera!
Join Bart Pigram aboard a 42 foot catamaran to truly see and learn about the traditional country of Yawuru people from a unique perspective. Be captivated by his rich cultural stories telling of his family and his people’s connection to the region and beautiful Roebuck Bay.
Enjoy live traditional music as you soak up a stunning Broome sunset. Leave with a new found knowledge of Roebuck Bay’s historical and cultural significance to Broome’s first people, the Yawuru.
Sample traditional bushfoods and learn about the traditional salwater lives of the Yawuru and their connection to country. Journey from the Dreamtime to the present moment and be immersed in the traditional sounds of the Yawuru people with Bart’s live music.
Enjoy a morning or sunset experience with Broome local and see his country and lifestyle from a unique perspective.
Broome’s mangroves provide a sheltered habitat for a wide variety of native and aquatic animals. Teeming with life, they are both feeding grounds and nurseries for fish, molluscs, burrowing mud worms, various crustaceans, dugong and the occasional saltwater crocodile.
On the Bagul Bagul tour you will learn about the different types of mangrove trees. Experience the mangrove forest and hear about the traditional uses of mangrove wood. At low tide the mangroves are alive with mudskippers, mudcrabs and a variety of birds. Possibly sample some of the bushtucker traditionally sourced from the mangrove forest, spot the different types of crab holes, and if you are lucky, you will taste a beautiful oyster fresh off the rock. The tour takes you into the bay through pools to Buccaneer rock where you will hear the Dreaming story of Randigunya the giant. Scour the mangroves for tasty morsels and see remnants of (Asian) fish traps and hear stories from a bygone era of Broome’s pearling days.
Using historic maps and photos, Bart takes you on a journey back through time to Broome’s early days as a frontier pearling town. Broome’s occasionally dark and colourful history unravels on this relaxed and fun walking tour.
The tour begins with Bart describing the landscape and Yawuru people’s place within it, introducing you to the language and cultural heritage of the area. You will learn about saltwater people, the seasons, the land, plants & food that sustained this ancient coastal culture for thousands of years.
The tour then heads towards Chinatown where Bart retells tales of the town’s pearling history iIllustrated with photos & maps, Bart recreates 1940’s Broome, pointing out interesting features & landmarks. Hear stories of Roebuck Bay Hotel, Sun Pictures, Johnny Chi Lane and the opium dens, brothels & gambling houses of the lively, chaotic & lawless Broome of the early 1900s.
Afterwards, visitors can then wander off and have a coffee in Chinatown.