[K-JJ] The Jaliwang Journey
– from Dreamtime to Diamonds
Depart Kununurra at 0900 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.
Enroute we survey the vast Sandalwood plantations at Kingston’s Rest, the awesome Ragged Ranges, and of course the Argyle Diamond’s pit and mine site at Matso Range where the Jaliwang came to rest.
After 40 minutes in the air we set down at Mandangala community, Ted’s home on Glen Hill Station, were you are welcomed with a traditional “Muntha”, a ceremony to ensure safe passage through his land. Enjoy traditional billy tea and damper at Ood-ulum-bood-ulu (Second Gorge)while hearing Ted speak passionately of his bountiful country and heritage.
Boarding Luridgii Tours 4WD coach we take the 40 minute “back road” to the Argyle Diamond Mine. Once through “security” we climb the tailings wall to the lookout over the processing plant. Lunch and refreshments are served at the 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.
We next take a close up inspection of the processing plant, and the ingenious technology used to extract these precious gems. 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. There is also an opportunity to swim in the cool clear waters.
On arrival at the Argyle Village marina we board our coach for the transfer back to your accommodation in Kununurra. After an extraordinary day on land, on water and in the air, filled with unique insights, we will have you back home at around 06:30pm.
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.
Cost: $890 pp - available WED FRI SUN (May to Sept)