Kooparoona Niara Cultural Trail, Deloraine

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Kooparoona Niara is the Aboriginal name given to the Great Western Tiers and means Mountain of the Spirits.  Kooparoona Niara is a significant site in Tasmanian Aboriginal culture and forms the backdrop to the Cultural Trail.

The Kooparoona Niara Cultural Trail is an initiative of a local Aboriginal man who wanted to share and celebrate local Aboriginal culture and history with the community. 

The initial idea behind the Cultural Trail was to share history and knowledge about bush tucker and other native vegetation used by Tasmanian Aboriginal people in daily life and for trade with other clans.  From this idea, the concept of the Cultural Trail broadened in scope as the popularity of the site was realised and support for the Cultural Trail continued to grow.

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What will you experience?

The Cultural Trail is located on the banks of the Meander River in Deloraine where you will find native plantings and will discover the many artworks inspired by Tasmanian Aboriginal culture.  There is no official start or end of the Cultural Trail.  It is a short walk that runs between the Deloraine Train Park and the swimming pool and pontoon site.  The Cultural Trail is accessible to all with car parking facilities located at both ends and public toilet amenities, a BBQ site and a playground located at the Train Park.

Throughout the Cultural Trail there are signs that provide some background to the origins of the artworks and the artist’s inspiration.  QR codes are located at various points that can be accessed for additional information about the artworks you will enjoy as you move along the Cultural Trail. 

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The finer details

Planning for the Cultural Trail started in 2015 with the first piece of earth turned in early 2016.  The Cultural Trail came to fruition through extensive planning, community and volunteer support, guidance and inspiration from the Aboriginal Elders and the passion and drive of key people.

The Cultural Trail was completed in 2017 and the official opening took place in December of that same year.  The total project cost was in excess of $110,000.  Grant funding totalled over $65,000, with public and community organisation donations and in-kind funding (volunteers, waived or discounted artist fees and coordinating) totalling more than $45,000. 


Further information

Further information on the Cultural Trail can be found in the PDFs on this website which have been written by members of the Aboriginal community, community members and artists who were involved in its creation.

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Use of the Yarning Circle and Fire Pit

This facility is available for booking by the public.  During approved functions please respect that the approved party has exclusive use of the Yarning Circle and Fire Pit.  Approved parties must have a copy of the booking form with them during the approved function.  To book this facility please contact Meander Valley Council on 03 6393 5300.

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The Journey - Development of the Kooparoona Niara Cultural Trail(4249 kb)

My Story - by Greg Murray(300 kb)

Mosaic Artwork of the Kooparoona Niara Cultural Trail(4568 kb)

The Yarning Circle - Kooparoona Niara Cultural Trail(4019 kb)  

The Hand-made Pavers of the Kooparoona Niara Cultural Trail(4673 kb)

The Sculptures of the Kooparoona Niara Cultural Trail(2490 kb)

Pallitorre Tribe and Culture before Invasion(2182 kb)


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Meander Valley Council - Working Together
PO Box 102, Westbury, Tasmania 7303 : Tel: 03 6393 5300 : Fax: 03 6393 1474 : E: mail@mvc.tas.gov.au
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