Yamaji Drive Trail, Greater Geraldton

Overview

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.

Ilgarijiri Sculpture

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

Photo Credit: Andrew Cornish


About the Trail

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.


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