Back on the road from Ravensthorpe to Kalgoorlie via Esperance or off the bitumen through the Granite and Woodlands Discovery Trail, to experience the final dance Chapter on Saturday 1 April 2023.
Much of the country you will drive through is under the Custodianship of the Ngadju and Tjaltjraak Wadjuri First Nations peoples. The Traditional Owners of a large part of the Great Western Woodlands, the Ngadju People, retain their knowledge of and connection to country. In March 2021, Ngadju Conservation Aboriginal Corporation celebrated the formal declaration of their 4.4-million-hectare Indigenous Protected Area. A strong Ngadju Ranger team now provides conservation management across the area.
Take the gravel road from Ravensthorpe and travel to Lake King and Varley. On your way, explore the Lake Varley Rabbit Cemetery and travel east to cross the No 1 Rabbit Proof Fence and enter the Great Western Woodlands. From the fence, travel about 10 km, then turn north. This road takes you past an important nickel mining area — a reminder you are on the road to Kalgoorlie, and then you’ll arrive at what’s known as the ‘Cronin Crossroads’. A short detour north of the ‘Crossroads’ takes you to Lake Cronin, an often-large freshwater lake, with good interpretive material on natural values and attempts to farm the area during the 1930s Depression.
If you choose to take the highway route, leave Ravensthorpe and head towards Esperance. On to Norseman and the Shire of Dundas attractions which include Bromus Dam, a historic watering point 32 kms south of the town. Around this site, large areas are now quarantined where the Ngadju Rangers have eradicated a major infestation of the noxious weed Noogoora Burr.
The Great Western Woodlands is internationally significant and spans almost 16 million hectares. It is recognised as the largest and most intact temperate (or medium rainfall) woodland remaining on the planet. The Green Trail is a self-drive trail that explores this region and shares the natural history and some of the human stories of the landscape.
Arriving in Kalgoorlie there are opportunities to explore the cultural and mining history of this area. Goldfields Honey Ant Tours provides an authentic bushfood foraging tour, exploring the traditional bushfoods and medicine plants that have sustained the Tjupan people for millennia in this semi-arid environment. It’s worth taking time to explore outlying areas such as Lake Ballard or the old Ora Banda pub. For more information on what to see and do, click here.
The Final Chapter of The Stars Descend takes place on Saturday 1 April 2023 at Karlkurla Bushland Park. Pronounced gull-gurl-la, the Park is named after the local Aboriginal word for the Silky Pear and comprises 200 hectares of natural regrowth bushland, along with over 2,000 trees and shrubs planted by community volunteers back in 2000.
In this Chapter, the stars arrive inside an emu who has travelled from the Fitzgerald Biosphere. She arrives at Karlkurla Park to a cacophony of birdsong captured by sound designer Jean-Michel Maujean.
Local choreographer Pare Randall, working in consultation with Elder Gary Cooper, has created a series of profoundly beautiful moments as the emu lays an egg that holds a universe of knowledge for the future. This epic, five chaptered performance culminates in the egg bursting open to reveal the Silky Pear growing from within. Its star-like seeds are caught by the breeze and spread through the night air to regenerate the country and inspire a future of land care and restoration.
After the performance, celebrate with us in a wonder-filled party hosted by ArtGold.
Shuttle buses will leave for the dance performance site from the Goldfields Art Centre at 5.30pm. The performance happens at 6.30 pm with the community celebration continuing until 10.00 pm. Book your tickets and bus transfer here. No parking is available onsite.