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Mimbi Caves

Episode: 3
Title: Mimbi Caves
Broadcast: 18th February 2018
Presenter: Chrissy Morrissy

The Kimberley is filled with incredible places to see and ways to connect to our countries land. Chrissy takes a one-hour drive East from Fitzroy Crossing and finds herself on the road to Mimbi Caves. She catches up with traditional landowner, Rosemary Nugget for a tour of one of her mobs most important cultural sites.

  • Rosemary begins the tour with a traditional smoking ceremony before heading into the entry of the cave, which in reality, is a long series of caves which has protected the Gooniyandi people for years.
  • The caves are not only a great way to escape the heat of the Kimberley. The Gooniyandi People used to live in the caves. The cave system is about 350-400 million years old and runs all the way back to Geike Gorge.
  • Rosemary brought along some of the extended family for the tour. Ronny, fellow guide, shares some of the ancient artwork within the caves walls. He also shares the dreamtime story of how these cave formations were made. The Gooniyandi believe the blue tongue lizard formed this cave.
  • Some of the places within the cave aren’t possible to be recorded on camera due to cultural importance. However, there are many great spots along the way to get a photo.
  • The tour is finished off with some outback hospitality, courtesy of Ronny, who shares some great music by campfire.
  • Make sure you pack your bathers because there are some great swimming holes within the cave and it is the perfect way to cool down.

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