Bigge Island, The Kimberley
Discover Bigge Island, lying some 6 kilometres from the mainland separated by the Scott Strait. The island’s Indigenous name is Wuuyuru and the traditional owners of the land are the Wunambal people.
Bigge Island is known for its historical Indigenous rock art. Walk along the cliffs and the cave walls to admire the art works including depictions of Wandjina figures telling powerful tales of first contact between Aboriginal society and others from over the waves.
Explore this rugged coastal landscape and encounter rare wildlife. The island plays an important role in future wildlife conservations as it is free from feral predators, which allows rare vulnerable species to thrive including the Northern Quoll, Scaly-tailed Possum and Monjon – the smallest member of the rock wallaby family.
“Bigge Island and the surrounding bay in many ways encapsulate the Kimberley especially with regard to the history of human contact… Upon climbing up the beach the first thing they saw was a posing figure, gazing out over his country. This “father” Kaira wandjina and his retinue of smaller “children” figures maintained a serene vigil.”
– Guest Lecturer Greg Watson aboard Coral Adventurer, 20 May 2021