Mirima National ParkUpper OrdPlainsNyawanyawam Billabong

Our Country

The land of the Miriwoong and Gajirrabeng people covers a wide area with Kununurra being the heart of Miriwoong land. From Molly Spring in the West, most of the mighty Ord River including parts of Lake Argyle and way beyond the Northern Territory border across Keep River National Park and up to the coast, the Miriwoong and Gajirrabeng people used to live in harmony with the land. Nowadays things have changed and many have moved into town or adjacent communities. MDWg regularly visits the outer communities and the people still living there, to talk about the old times and learn from the abundant knowledge of the elders.

By the way, did you know that the word “Kununurra” does not mean “Meeting of big waters”? It is in fact one of the most widespread myths to lack any linguistic basis. The name is actually derived from the Miriwoong word Goonoonoorrang (alternatively Gananoorrang) which means ‘river’ – a perfect name for this place by the Ord River. Unfortunately nobody asked the Miriwoong people when they put the wrong meaning into guide books and promotional materials.