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In the heart of the rural town of Kununurra boasting a population of close to 6,000 (and over 100,000 visitors annually) is a place where you can step back in time, feel the silence and hear the ancient ancestors – Mirima National Park.  Locals refer to Mirima as the mini “Bungles”, owing to the 350 million year old sandstone domes which are reminiscent of their big brother to the south, Purnululu.

As you step into Mirima, it’s hard to believe you are still in vibrant Kununurra.  Dwarfed by the towering red sandstone escarpment, Mirima feels like an oasis rich in flora and fauna – it is clear to see why this place was a favoured home to the local Miriwoong people.  This is only accentuated further as I wander wide-eyed on the aptly named Looking at Plants loop trail, with a dozen or so signs along the way indicating various plant uses from boab’s (adansonia gregorii) used as nut flour, the bark and leaves of emu apple (owenia vernicosa) used as fish poison (helps stun the fish...

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May 17, 2017

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