The Pilbara Room Restaurant
This is a 1½ hour Aboriginal guided bus tour of Marapikurrinya (Port Hedland) where you will learn about Marapikurrinya (Port Hedland) and the Pillyparra (Pilbara) through the eyes of the traditional owners.
Discover how the Aboriginal people have lived off the land for 60,000 years, practicing their lore and culture and maintaining their spiritual connections in a modern world.
Feel the earth and your own spiritual connection to land and during the tour enjoy the taste of fresh damper and native sugar bag honey.
WHAT YOU WILL SEE
See Marapikurrinya, now called the town of Port Hedland, through the eyes of the Traditional Aboriginal Owners. Once an island, Marapikurrinya’s (Port Hedland’s) marine and terrestrial environment sustained the lives of the locals who dined on a bounty of seafood, plants and animals.
See where they lived before and after the coming of the Europeans. See where there are rock art engravings over 7000 years old that record life, water sources, animals and teaching information. See how damper is prepared and cooked in the ground and enjoy a taste of damper with a billy tea.
See and learn about the history pre and post colonisation for the local Traditional Owners including how the early station workers strike of 1946 and the coming of the resources sector has changed their lives for better and for worse.
The tour includes a fully air-conditioned bus trip and stops on the way will allow you to get out, take photos and experience the coast in the open air, including enjoying a complimentary billy tea and damper.
We don’t venture far from the vehicle, so a minimal level of fitness is required for this tour.
WHAT TO BRING
Camera and a sense of adventure!