Yarning on Country

Join mother and daughter Colleen and Mauretta Drage for an unforgettable cultural experience at Kaju Yatka, Kalbarri Skywalk.  

This photograph shows some of the beautiful sculptures and signage at Kalbarri Skywalk. This photo shows the copper-coloured sign reading “Kalbarri Skywalk. Kaju Yatka”. A grey concrete surface leads to stone steps. A building with a square roof sits behind the sign and stairs. Small trees with thick branches and brown and green leaves grow behind the sign. The sky above is mostly blue in colour with streaks of white cloud.
Kalbarri Skywallk, or Kaju Yatka, is a special place to visit. Photo credit: Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

During this event, Nanda Elder Colleen Drage, and her daughter, local artist and teacher, Mauretta, will share their knowledge of Nanda culture and country. The small group of attendees will have the unique opportunity to learn about the rich history, stories and traditions of the Nanda people.

Colleen is an Elder of the Nanda people and has played an important role in preserving and promoting their ancient culture and traditions. Listen in as Colleen shares her incredible knowledge of Nanda Country and culture. 

Mauretta will lead an outdoor art session where attendees will create their own unique artwork to take home. Using paint and traditional techniques, participants will be guided through the creative process and learn about the significance of art in Nanda culture.

Explore Kalbarri Skywalk, or Kaju ("sky") Yatka ("to walk") and discover the stunning beauty of the Murchison River gorges. Signage and artworks provide visitors with the opportunity to delve into the rich history of the Nanda people, the traditional owners of the land. The Skywalk at Kalbarri National Park incorporates artistic and interpretive elements that draw inspiration from Nanda Country and stories, including artwork created by Colleen and Mauretta.  

Meeting point: Kalbarri National Park, Kalbarri Skywalk, meet at shelter 2 near the message stick forest
Maximum group size: 20 people
What to bring: Hat, sunscreen and drinking water 
Schedule: This session will run from 10am. More information will be provided to registered attendees in the lead-up to the event.

Bring the family along to:  

Kalbarri Skywalk  
From 10:00am
On Thursday 13 July 2023  

Registration is essential as spaces are limited. To register, please click here.  

For more information or to discuss your accessibility requirements, please contact Nicole at nicole@natureplaywa.org.au 

This event is being held as part of our Every Kid in a Park project. Thanks to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.  

Additional Costs:

Cost of park day entry is $15 per vehicle with up to 12 legally-seated occupants ($8 concession or $8 per motorcycle), which is payable on entry to the park. This is not included in the Yarning on Country ticket.  

Park passes offer a value-for-money option if you intend to visit Kalbarri National Park on more than one day during your stay, or if you wish to visit other national parks where entry fees apply. Purchase a park pass from the WA Naturally online shop 

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is offering Every Kid in a Park participants a unique code for a 50% discount on the purchase of a park pass!

Download the Every Kid in a Park app (links below) and select the Park Passes tile on the home page to purchase a discounted Park Pass.

All revenue collected from park entry fees and Parks and Wildlife managed businesses is invested in biodiversity conservation, maintenance and improvement of Kalbarri National Park facilities and services, and the protection of park values. 

We Acknowledge
Nature Play WA acknowledges the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation, as the custodians of the land where our team lives and works. We also acknowledge the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and recognise the continuing connection of Indigenous people to their land, waters, sky, culture and community. We pay our respect to all Indigenous people of this land; ancestors, elders and young ones.