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Mudlangga to Yertabulti Track

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Published December 1st 2015
Understanding and appreciating our early cultures
Named in 1837 and settled by Europeans in 1840, the Peninsula to the northwest of Adelaide is known by most of us (including Google Maps) as the LeFevre Peninsula. A popular spot with great scenic drives and street fairs, the LeFevre Peninsula is often the place to be during summer.

Mudlangga to Yertabulti Track, Frickers Corner, Largs Bay, St Francis Boys Home, Midden Sculpture, Yakkanninna, Kura Yerlo, Glowing Emus, Lartelare, Kardi Yarta
Gardens - Steve Hudson


However as we know, Europeans were the not the first settlers in to Australia, and certainly not the first on the Peninsula. But they did follow a trend developed over many years of settlement by Aboriginal people who would spend most of their summers on this remarkable piece of land.

Mudlangga to Yertabulti Track, Frickers Corner, Largs Bay, St Francis Boys Home, Midden Sculpture, Yakkanninna, Kura Yerlo, Glowing Emus, Lartelare, Kardi Yarta
Distinctive Signage at Largs Bay - Steve Hudson


The deep respect held for the Aboriginal people within the community and their passion to educate Europeans about their longstanding, sustainable culture and the traditions of learning has seen the development of a unique and interesting education trail by the City of Port Adelaide Enfield. Developed as a means of telling the stories of some of the Aboriginal people who have had a long association with the Peninsula, the Mudlangga to Yertabulti Track encompasses 24 places of interest. Visitors to each site gain a stronger understanding of the lives of the Aboriginal people from both the recent and distant past.

Mudlangga to Yertabulti Track, Frickers Corner, Largs Bay, St Francis Boys Home, Midden Sculpture, Yakkanninna, Kura Yerlo, Glowing Emus, Lartelare, Kardi Yarta
Snowdens Beach - Steve Hudson


Fourteen local residents who had lived in the region for many years were chosen as story-tellers with snippets of their stories on information boards and the tour brochure. Each of the story-tellers had different memories and different stories, and it was considered important to 'tell it like we heard it'.

Mudlangga to Yertabulti Track, Frickers Corner, Largs Bay, St Francis Boys Home, Midden Sculpture, Yakkanninna, Kura Yerlo, Glowing Emus, Lartelare, Kardi Yarta
Outer Harbor Station Mural - Steve Hudson


Each of the stories has not been edited as it is critical that the integrity of the story is respected using the language of the story-teller to share in the Mudlangga to Yertabulti experience which reflects a way of thinking that sustained Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years.

Mudlangga to Yertabulti Track, Frickers Corner, Largs Bay, St Francis Boys Home, Midden Sculpture, Yakkanninna, Kura Yerlo, Glowing Emus, Lartelare, Kardi Yarta
Frickers Corner - Steve Hudson


The Track itself starts at the northern most tip of the Peninsula in the heart of Kaurna Country. Originally known as Mudlangga, the site was a natural corral for herding emus. Today the site is home to Kardi Yarta (Cultural Park) and it remains a significant site of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains.

Mudlangga to Yertabulti Track, Frickers Corner, Largs Bay, St Francis Boys Home, Midden Sculpture, Yakkanninna, Kura Yerlo, Glowing Emus, Lartelare, Kardi Yarta
Dry creekbed at Kardi Yarta - Steve Hudson


Emus are a common theme in Aboriginal culture and it is no surprise that the site in Port Adelaide that hosts the Glowing Emus was chosen for a story. Pat Warla-Read is quoted on the information boards reflecting on the connection between dreamtime stories, rules for living and working with each other.

Mudlangga to Yertabulti Track, Frickers Corner, Largs Bay, St Francis Boys Home, Midden Sculpture, Yakkanninna, Kura Yerlo, Glowing Emus, Lartelare, Kardi Yarta
Glowing Emus - Steve Hudson


Yakkanninna is a symbolic statement reflecting artwork and the sharing of cultural traditions typically in the form of Aboriginal women sharing in the act of weaving. The magnificent statue at the eastern end of Semaphore Road shares the title, and provides an iconic welcome to Semaphore.

Mudlangga to Yertabulti Track, Frickers Corner, Largs Bay, St Francis Boys Home, Midden Sculpture, Yakkanninna, Kura Yerlo, Glowing Emus, Lartelare, Kardi Yarta
Yakkanninna - Steve Hudson


Meanwhile at the other end of Semaphore Road is the Midden Sculpture. A midden is a mound or deposit containing shells, animal bones and other refuse that indicates the site of human settlement. Placed appropriately at the beach end of the road, this statue highlights the longevity of Aboriginal habitation compared to recent European settlement.

Mudlangga to Yertabulti Track, Frickers Corner, Largs Bay, St Francis Boys Home, Midden Sculpture, Yakkanninna, Kura Yerlo, Glowing Emus, Lartelare, Kardi Yarta
Midden Sculpture - Steve Hudson


Taking in the whole Peninsula, the other sites include the various beaches, St Francis Boys Home, the mural at Outer Harbor Railway Station, the Kaurna Trail through Port Adelaide and the various meeting places around Port Adelaide including Dale Street and Frickers Corner.

Mudlangga to Yertabulti Track, Frickers Corner, Largs Bay, St Francis Boys Home, Midden Sculpture, Yakkanninna, Kura Yerlo, Glowing Emus, Lartelare, Kardi Yarta
St Francis Boys Home - Steve Hudson


The Mudlanagga to Yertabulti Track is open all year round. Brochures are available online or from the Port Adelaide Visitor Centre, while the interactive website provides further information on each of the sites of interest along the Track.
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Love the Midden Sculpture. You have captured such great photos. Gotta get myself to Adelaide at some point, great article
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