Jade Hallam Kooparoona Niara Cultural Trail

Ochre handprints form part of the kooparoona niara Cultural Trail  | © 2020 Jade Austen. All rights Reserved.

Kooparoona niara is the Aboriginal name given to the Great Western Tiers and means Mountains of the Spirits. Great Western Tiers is a significant site in Tasmanian Aboriginal culture and forms the backdrop to the Cultural Trail. 

The kooparoona niara Cultural Trail was an initiative of a local Aboriginal man, Greg Murray, who wanted to share and celebrate local Aboriginal culture and history with the community. The initial idea behind the Cultural Trail was to share history and knowledge about bush tucker and other native vegetation used by Tasmanian Aboriginal people in daily life and for trade with other clans.

The Cultural Trail is located on the banks of the Meander River in Deloraine where you will find native plantings and bush tucker and will discover the many artworks inspired by Tasmanian Aboriginal culture. There is no official start or end to the Cultural Trail. It is a short walk that runs between the Deloraine Train Park and the swimming pool and pontoon site where you will find a stone yarning circle and fire pit. The Cultural Trail, part of the Deloraine Riverbank Walk, is accessible to all with car parking facilities located at both ends and public toilet amenities, a BBQ site and a playground located at the Train Park. 

Time: 10 minutes.

Grade: 1: Suitable for all abilities. Wheelchair friendly.

Further information is available via the following links:

The Journey

The Yarning Circle


Deloraine: My Story (Greg Murray)

The kooparoona niara Cultural Trail was brought to you by the following people:

Greg Murray - Community pathway planner/Colony 47 - Project Initiator/Bush Tucker Consultant
Martin Hay - Community pathway planner/Colony 47 - Bush Tucker Coordinator
Niecy Brown - Project Consultant and Local Mosaic Artist
Aunty Dawn Blazely - Aboriginal Artwork Designer
Hank Horton - Project Cultural Advisor and Signage Contributor
As well as a number of other community members, artists, sculptors, metal workers, stone masons and primary school students.

Use of the Yarning Circle and Fire Pit

This facility is available for booking by the public. During approved functions please respect that the approved party has exclusive use of the Yarning Circle and Fire Pit. Approved parties must have a copy of the booking form with them during the approved function. To book this facility please contact Meander Valley Council on 03) 6393 5300.

For more information contact the Great Western Tiers Visitor Centre.

98 -100 Emu Bay Road, Deloraine
03) 6362 5280
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