Local Culture

Badimaya and Wadjarri country

Wirnda Barna provides services to artists in Badimia and Wadjarri country in the Upper Murchison region of WA.

Badimaya country is located inland from Yalgoo and Paynes FInd, covering Mount Magnet and areas east towards Sandstone. Wadjarri country stretches from Mullewa towards Cue and far north to Meekatharra.

The Granites

The Granites are a significant Aboriginal rock art site, eight kilometres north of Mount Magnet. It is a place of strong cultural significance to the Badimia tribe. The paintings have been dated at 9,000 years old, and are scattered amongst the granite boulders.

The escarpment is about 15 metres high and is spread over several hectares. The caves around the rocky outcrop host a proliferation of old carvings and paintings.

 

Walga Rock

Walga Rock is Australia's second largest monolith measuring 5 km around the base. It contains the largest gallery of Aboriginal rock paintings in Western Australia, including a mysterious rigged sailing ship. Walga rock is located on Wadjarri country 48km south west of Cue.

Wilgie Mia Ochre Mine

Wilgie Mia is the largest and deepest underground Aboriginal ochre mine in Australia, and has all the features found in traditional Aboriginal mines: large open-cut pits, excavated caverns and underground galleries that follow ochre seams.

Wilgie Mia was included on the National Heritage List on 24 February 2011.