Environment Minister Reece Whitby walks the new trail. Photo by DBCA
Environment Minister Reece Whitby walks the new trail. Photo by DBCA
  • $150,000 new walking trail officially opens in Mirima National Park
  • Trail name represents national park's strong Aboriginal connection to area
  • Fourth trail within Mirima National Park and longest at 3.5 kilometres

A new $150,000 walking trail has been unveiled in Kununurra's Mirima National Park in the heart of Western Australia's East Kimberley.

Environment Minister Reece Whitby travelled to the region for the official opening of the Yoorrnging Geranyem Banan Trail meaning "painting on rocks trail". The name represents the strong ties traditional owners, the Miriuwung people, have had with the park for thousands of years.

Mirima National Park is home to spectacular natural rock formations. It is popular for bushwalking, photography and exploring nature at its best.

This is the fourth trail within the national park and the longest at 3.5 kilometres.

The trail is managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby:

"This new trail is surrounded by breathtaking scenery taking you deep into the heart of Mirima National Park with ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries.

"Walking this trail provides the perfect opportunity for both locals and visitors to appreciate the cultural significance of the area.

"What better way to take in the incredible natural surroundings. The colourful layered rocks are mesmerising with the changing light of the day."

Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna:

"The new walking trail will be a fantastic drawcard and encourage both locals and tourists to explore more of the area surrounded by nature at its best. 

"This new trail holds special meaning for the local Miriuwung and Gajerrong people who have lived on this land for thousands of years."

Page reviewed 28 Apr 2023