26 September 2023

Hiker’s tours tune in with Aboriginal tales

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South Australia’s newest multi-day hike now has an audio tour that shares the stories of the Ngarrindjeri Nation on the SA National Parks Tours mobile phone app.

The app can be used as hikers traverse the Wild South Coast Way walk on the Heysen Trail which runs between Cape Jervis and Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

In a statement, the Department of Environment and Water said the app showcases Ramindjeri and Ngarrindjeri stories with contributors including Ramindjeri Elder, Mark Koolmatrie, Ngarrindjeri linguist and artist, Kyla McHughes and grandson of the late Ramindjeri Elder Henry Rankine, Jamie Rankine.

“Together, they provide a traditional welcome and farewell to Ramindjeri Ruwi country as well as reflections and meditations on traditional life,” the Department said.

“The app also includes recordings of the Ngurunderi creation story of Kondoli: Keeper of Fire and the Wururi (huntsman spider) creation story.”

National Parks and Wildlife Service rangers, Paul Unsworth, Genki Kondo and Coral Marsden also feature on the tour, providing insights on the unique plants, animals and experiences along the track.

Hikers wanting to access the self-guided audio tour should download the SA National Parks Tours app before starting their walk.

“The app uses technology built into a walker’s mobile device to deliver curated content suited to the walker’s location on the trail,” the Department said.

“Walkers can opt-in to alerts for when content is available,” it said.

“Options for visually or hearing impaired visitors include voiceover, audio transcripts and image descriptions. Multilingual support is also provided, with 27 languages supported,” it said.

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