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Nyungar Tourist Trail, Port Coogee Nyungar Tourist Trail, Port Coogee

  • 1-3 hours
  • 2 km

The Nyungar Tourist Trail is located within an important traditional gathering place for the Nyungar people at Port Coogee. The trail features Ngarkal (Seagull) Beach and The Lookout plus Kidogo Glass Artworks. The trail also includes signage and an audio facility that shares important Aboriginal stories. The trail is part of the City’s strong commitment towards promoting reconciliation.

Take a walk around Wardan Gepa Boodjaralup (the sea shore) at Port Coogee, hear stories in traditional Nyungar language and learn more about the history of the region through the Nyungar Tourist Trail.

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Ngarkal (Seagull) beach
Local Nyungar people camped at Port Coogee beach and it was known as ‘Seagull Camp’. For Nyungar people, gulls play an important spiritual role, from back before the sea levels rose, when Wadjemup (Rottnest), Meeandip (Garden) and Ngoorloormayup (Carnac) islands were coastal hills. Gulls now maintain the spiritual link by flying between Nyungar country on the mainland, and the islands.

Kidogo glass artworks
This portion of the Nyungar Tourist Trail features seven glass artworks created by the Kidogo Artist’s Team. Paintings were created and printed onto glass, covering stories of: Regeneration, Hazy Summer, Gathering, Wetlands in spring, Shallow waters, Crossing Cockburn Sound, Beeliar Boodjar Grass trees (Balga) have also been planted here. 

The Lookout
This spot high on the hill overlooks the coast. It is planted with Casuarina trees, a significant tree for the Nyungar people. These were used for making spears, the trunks for attracting grubs for eating, and the liquid helped with toothaches. The trees are pollinated by the wind, which whispers through the canopy. The Nyungar word for Casuarina tree is ‘kwel’.

Fremantle Visitor Centre

(08) 9431 7878

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Group A - Urban Trails (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.

Trail Start

The trail starts at Ngarkal (Seagull) Beach, located on Medina Road in Port Coogee.

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Trail End

The trail ends at Lucretia Park, Orsino Blvd Port Coogee

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  • BBQ Facilities
  • Cafe
  • Car Park
  • Public Toilet

Best time of year

May - November

Trail Access

28km drive southwest of Perth City, sealed roads, 2WD access and parking available at trail start point.

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