[JJ] The Jaliwang Journey
This is a truly unique experience, in partnership with Luridgii tour owner Ted Hall who is one of the Miriuwung and Gidga traditional owners of the Argyle Diamond Mine Site.
We depart Kununurra in a light aircraft to follow the trail of the dreamtime Barramundi (the ‘Jaliwang’ to the local Miriuwung people). Ted Hall tells his mother’s 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.
En route 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 50 minutes in the air we set down at Warmun Community near Ted’s home on Glen Hill Station (Mandangala), where you are welcomed with a traditional ‘Muntha’, a ceremony to ensure safe passage through this land at the world renowned Warmun Art Centre. Enjoy traditional billy tea and damper at Warmun Arts and be guided by the Gidja artists through the gallery, this is the home of Rover Thomas, Queenie McKenzie and Nyabi then we will board the Luridgii Tours coach and 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, while the Luridgii guide tells of the geological formation and eventual discovery of diamonds on their 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.
The Luridgii guide will take you to visit the mine gallery to view some of largest diamonds ever extracted and the mine-site village where a gourmet picnic lunch and refreshments are served at the miner’s mess lookout.
Our coach then heads out to Smoke Creek and the headwaters of Lake Argyle where your vessel awaits. Hosted by 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, you will learn of the ancient and modern history of this extraordinary man-made lake. There is also, an opportunity to swim in the cool Clear waters have a glass or two of sparkling Wine Or beer, with nibbles.
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 7:00pm.
This unique experience is a partnership by 3 of the region’s leading tour operators: Kingfisher, Luridgii Tours and Lake Argyle Cruises. This is a spectacular small group encounter with the heart and soul of the north-east Kimberley.