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Karijini Experience 2017

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Culture, food and music in an outback setting
Each year, Karijini National Park provides an extraordinary backdrop for a once in a lifetime travel experience.

The five-day Karijini Experience in WA's Pilbara region from April 11 to 15 combines food and music, Indigenous culture and incredible outback landscapes.

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Kalamina Gorge will provide a spectacular backdrop for Opera in the Gorge. Picture supplied


The event provides an opportunity for around 1000 visitors to immerse themselves in culture, food, music and art on beautiful, remote Pilbara country around 1400km north of Perth and around a 60km drive from Tom Price.

Held during school holidays and timed to coincide with the Pilbara's best weather, ticket numbers are strictly limited to keep the impact on the national park to a minimum.

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Native and foraged food specialists Fervor will be hosting a 10-course degustation. Picture supplied


Visitors wanting to share in the experience will have a range of more than 30 events to choose from within the national park.

Many of the events are free, but some of the most sought after events will include the unique dining and cultural experiences including an opera performed by the all-Indigenous, Wirlarra Ensemble performing with a WASO String Quartet, on a spectacular natural stage within Kalamina Gorge for Opera in the Gorge.

Food lovers' tastebuds will be tantalised with outback culinary experiences brought to the region by native and foraged food specialists Fervor who will be hosting a 10-course degustation, a three-course Culinary Experience and the Moonrise VIP Lounge.

Another highlight will be celebrity chef Mark Olive's bush tucker cooking demonstration.

The opening free event Wirlarra Rising will provide a welcome to country celebrating culture, music and the full moon rising to connect visitors to the land, the Banyjima culture and the night sky.

It will be a spiritual ceremony gifted to visitors by the traditional owners, followed by the music of Frank Yamma and other talented Pilbara artists.

The festival will provide opportunities to watch and interact with the Traditional Owners while they prepare for dance, make tools and weapons and cook bush tucker on the fire.

Karajini, Kalamina Gorge, Opera in the Gorge, Pilbara, Dan Avila
International photo journalist Dan Avila will provide tips on how to get the best out of the amazing landscapes. Picture Dan Avila


There will be bush walks with a park ranger to learn about the native flora and fauna, or trek with a geologist in residence to learn more about the ancient rock formations within the National Park.

Free, family friendly workshops and shows will be held to inspire and enrich, including music and art workshops, collaborative art pieces and yoga for kids, with plenty of things to do to between sight-seeing to keep the kids entertained during these school holidays.

Traditional basket weaving techniques will be shared in an intimate workshop with the Martumilli artists and Dan Avila, international photography journalist, will lead visitors into some of the most photographic places in Australia to practice their skills and get tips on how to get the perfect shot.

The Moonrise Lounge will see the Karijini Experience 2017 out with a bang.

Artisans will be selling Pilbara products from the Makers Markets and visitors can take in a rare opportunity to watch the spiritual dance ceremony of the Traditional Owners and enjoy an exciting line-up of nationally and internationally renowned Australian musicians.

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Visitors will gain an insight into the culture and traditions of the Banyjima people. Picture supplied.
James Jarvis, CEO of the Nintrirri Centre, which organises the event said the Karijini Experience had first been held five years ago and grown each year.

"The event will continue to give visitors an opportunity to experience the local culture in a spectacular setting," he said.

"By attending, local and state visitors will gain a unique insight and understanding into the culture and traditions of Banyjima people, the history and culture of Karijini National Park and the Aboriginal language groups who are connected to the inland Pilbara."

The closest airports to Karijini are Paraburdoo and Newman which are serviced by Skywest and Qantas with car hire available in both towns. More information on the region is available from the Tom Price Visitor Centre.

Visit www.karijiniexperience.com for tickets or to register for free events.

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Why? Extraordinary outback experience
When: April 11 to 15, 2017
Phone: 0458 532 897
Where: Karijini National Park
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