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Yamaji Drive Trail, Greater Geraldton

2WD inCoral Coast

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Cervantes to Geraldton, Coral Bay to Exmouth, Kalbarri & Surrounds, Shark Bay to Gnaraloo

  • Multiple day
  • 195 km
    • Bush Walk Grade 2

The 195 kilometre Yamaji Drive Trail takes you to 14 sites of significance to local Aboriginal people living in the Geraldton, Greenough and Mullewa areas.  Natural landscapes, historic places, legends and local people are celebrated along the way.

This cast bronze and ceramic sculpture evolved from the interpretation of two paintings - The Emu in the Sky by M. Whitehurst and The Seven Sisters and the Hunter by B. Merritt
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Trail Start

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The Esplanade, Geraldton

Trail End

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Butterabby (south of Mullewa)

For thousands of years, Champion Bay (Jambinu) provided a sheltered location and rich fishing ground for Aboriginal people from across the Midwest. Take a stroll out along the Esplanade to enjoys the views of the harbour and coast. See the seals driving off Seal Rock nearby.

Midden sites typically consist of mounds or layers of shell material or other debris such as charcoal fragments, stone flakes amd bone implements left by Aboriginal people adjacent to their food gathering sources. Stop at the Bluff Point Lighthouse Keepers Cottage on the way, Chapman Road, Bluff Point, ph: 9923 1837.

Prior to European Settlement, the Chapman River was an important camping area for Aboriginal people. Delight in the wildflowers that line the nature walk trails between July-October.

Planted by Dr. Robert Foley in 1853, this tree marks the site of the home of this early pioneer. A corroborree site was located close to this place.

Learn about Yamaji culture and language at Bundiyarra. Contact Bundiyarra on ph: 9920 7900 to organise a visit.

This short walk winds it way through a stand of Warlgu (Quandong) trees. The old Geraldton Native Reserve was located in this area.

The Greenough River contained a number of permanent water-holes along with an abundance of wildlife and the potato-like plants, the Adjecca and the Anguwarra. Enjoy the natural landscape and view an amazing range of birdlife along this circular walk track (total length 17km).

This freshwater spring is believed to be the site of confrontations between local Aboriginal people and early settlers. While in Greenough, visit the Greenough Museum and Gardens, Phillips Road, ph: 9926 1890 and the Central Greenough Historic Settlement, Brand Highway, ph: 9926 1084.

This lovely site surrounded by gum trees and in a rocky gorge is watched over by Bimarra the Serpent who rests in the Greenough River underneath the rocky cliff face. On the way to Ellendale Pool, visit the Walkaway Station Museum, Padbury Road, ph: 9926 1976.

The site of an Aboriginal soak, close to the old township of Tenindewa. This tranquil setting is a popular place for viewing wildflowers and birdlife.

Monsignor John Hawes (1876-1956) had a great affinity with Aboriginal people and built a special altar in the bush to conduct Mass.

The Mullewa Bushland Trail is an interesting walk (2,370 metres) through rich natural landscape. The trail includes some short moderate climbs and several rocky sections.

This is a site of conflict where the Wajarri and the Nhanhagardi/Wilunyu People attempted to resist European settlement.
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From the sandy beaches of Champion Bay, the tranquil waters of the Chapman and Greenough Rivers, to the red dirt landscapes of the lower Murchison, the Yamaji Drive Trail encompases history, art and natural beauty.  The Trail can be driven in 1-2 days, depending on how long you choose to stay at each site.  Accommodation options are available in Geraldton, Greenough and Mullewa.

Yamaji (or Yamatji) is the name used to collectively identify Aboriginal people from the Midwest, Murchison and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia.  The term Yamaji comes from the Wajarri language and means "man" or "human being".   

There are opportunites to explore areas on walk trails including the Greenough River nature trail.

More information about the sites visited on the Yamaji Drive Trail can be found in "The Aboriginal History of Geraldton (Jambinu) and Surrounding Areas" by Stan Gratte and Dale Forsyth".  This booklet is available for purchase at the Geraldton Regional Library and the Geraldton Visitor Centre.

The City of Greater Geraldton respectfully acknowledges the Wilunyu People and the Yamaji People who are the Traditional Owners and First People of the land on which we stand.

We pay respects to the Elders past, present and future for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of the Wilunyu and Yamaji People.

Geraldton Visitor Centre

(08) 9956 6670

Other Links

  • Yamaji Art

    Yamaji Art is a 100% Aboriginal owned & operated art centre in Mid West, Western Australia. Yamaji Art provides professional services to support and develop Aboriginal artists living in the Lower Murchison region of Yamaji Country with a focus on sustaining cultural maintenance and arts practice while creating economic benefit

  • Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Aboriginal Corporation

    Bundiyarra is an umbrella group and resource agency of community minded Yamaji’s making a strong contribution to our community by recognising our history and cultural ties within our community, empowering our community abd being a regional community meeting place.

  • Geraldton Regional Library

    For more information about the sites on this trail contact Heritage Services at the Geraldton Regional Library.

  • Geraldton Visitor Centre

    Located in the old Geraldton Town Hall (now the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery), the Geraldton Visitor Centre offers a friendly, informative service.

  • Yamaji Oral History Stories

    A short collection of slides and narration by local Yamaji's, Charmaine Green, Graham Taylor and Joan Gray.

  • Yamaji Drive Trail brochure

    Downloadalbe PDF of trail.

  • Australia’s Coral Coast

    Comprehensive information on the Coral Coast region including destinations, things to see and do, accommodation and tours.


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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.

Time / Duration

Multi-day experience

Length

195km

What To Pack

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

Trail Start

The Esplanade, Geraldton

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Trail End

Butterabby (south of Mullewa)

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Bush Walk

Grade 2

No bushwalking experience required. The track is a hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km. Suitable for families with young children.

Hazards & Warnings

Some sites outside the City area may include rough terrain.

Facilities

Wheelchair access is limited at some sites as indicated on Trail Brochure.
  • Access with assistance for the Disabled
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Camping
  • Car Park
  • Dog Friendly
  • Lookouts
  • Parking for Disabled
  • Picnic Area
  • Shaded Area
  • Sheltered Area
  • Visitor Information Centre

Best time of year

March to November

Fees

Camping fees apply at Ellendale Pool

Trail Access

Air or road to Geraldton

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