Violet Lawson is one of Kakadu's senior Aboriginal traditional owners. Her parents lived a traditional life, moving around the park on foot and on horseback. (They did, however, also ensure that she did her school work.) Violet decided that she wanted to share her culture with some of the visitors to Kakadu and began offering short cultural walks in 2006. She named her tours "Wurrgeng" - the name of her favourite season, the cool, dry time when the park is at its most comfortable for most visitors.
We began including Violet's walks in some of our tours in 2007. Those who took part enjoyed them so much that we have now included them in most of our tours which spend a night at Cooinda. The photos on this page were taken on three different trips in 2007 and 2008
As we walk, Violet gives us stories from her own life. By the time we finish, we have a much greater appreciation of what traditional Aboriginal life was ... and is today. We begin to understand what the park really means to those who live there.
To see which trips include Violet's walk, see our Kakadu and Top End trip list and look for those dry season trips which include a Yellow Waters cruise. These are marked with the symbol Y.
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