Karrke is the Aboriginal name, in the Aranda language, for the western Bowerbird. This bird can be found in this area of Watarrka (Kings Canyon National Park) and Central Australia. The male bird with its pink plume on the top of his head decorates its bower with berries, flowers and shiny things to attract a female bird. By choosing this bird for our business we thought about how it can fly away with visitors so they can tell their friends to attract them to our area WATARRKA.
Karrke is owned and operated by Christine Breaden and Peter Abbott who live on their ancestor’s land in a small Aboriginal Community called Wanmarra. Wanmarra is a small community with a population of 10 located inside the Kings Canyon National Park (WATARRKA).
We established Karrke to preserve and maintain our Luritja and Pertame (Southern Aranda) language, cultural knowledge and heritage to empower our younger generations.
Our 1 hour Aboriginal Cultural tour is available 15 January to 15 November, Wednesday to Sunday. Offering 4 tour times daily starting from 9am, 10:30am and 2:00pm, 4:00pm.
Peter is a Western Aranda/Pertame (Southern Aranda) man from Central Australia region. Peter is your host and experienced tour guide who loves to share his cultural and traditional knowledge in general to all guests and visitors who visit, live and work in this area of Watarrka National Park.
Prior to starting the business with his partner Christine the only source of income for them was receiving a government benefit (i.e. Centrelink payment), living remotely on country and facing the many challenges while on Centrelink, they thought on how they can better their lives by staying on country and creating an income. Peter and Christine then thought of an idea to do cultural tourism. With a lot of planning and talking with industry and government bodies they began putting aside some monies to make up enough for the registration of a business. Now, 5 years on the business still continues to succeed.
Peter, says its great to share my culture in general, the more knowledge and the information of this amazing area that we are living in I want to share it and that can be empowering to the visitors as well as my family they can see the awesomeness in it. We have the tour now but the experience is yet to come from Karrke.”
Christine Breaden is a Luritja women and traditional owner of Wanmarra Community, in which Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience and Tours is run. Christine is also your host and experienced tour guide who is passionate about sharing her culture to everyone who visits her traditional lands in the Watarrka (Kings Canyon National Park) area. Christine is also a multi talented artist in dot painting art form, wooden artefact pattern design and branding. Christine says, “Peter and I have our own business, we operating it, its good for us and my community i want to teach our young ones the tourism business to empower them so they can take it on in the future. That’s why Peter and I doing this business.”