Guided tours to take in built his­tory

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The built his­tory of the North West’s old­est towns has been opened up to the public by a new Pil­bara tourism com­pany with a fo­cus on her­itage and his­tory.

Pil­bara Tour Co, founded by long-term Pil­bara res­i­dent Sarah Knowler, be­gan op­er­at­ing last month and of­fers the first guided historical tours of their type in the City of Kar­ratha area.

Tours take in the built his­tory of the Roe­bourne Old Gaol and Kar­ratha CBD, with a Cos­sack leg and a night-time gaol lantern walk likely to be added soon.

Mrs Knowler, an avid trav­eller who for­merly ran re­source com­pany tours, said she was en­thu­si­as­tic about high­light­ing the sto­ries of the lo­cal area through an in­ter­ac­tive guided-tour for­mat.

“These old build­ings, un­less you knew about them, you would walk in and walk out and wouldn’t re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it,” she said. “There are a lot of tourists who don’t go and read; they’re wan­der­ing around, they’re tired and they like to have some­one guid­ing them.”

Both cur­rent tours run for about an hour and cover the key historical mo­ments and in­ter­est­ing facts of each lo­ca­tion, with the Roe­bourne Old Gaol tour script writ­ten in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Roe­bourne-based Abo­rig­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tion the Ngar­luma Yind­jibarndi Foun­da­tion Ltd.

Mrs Knowler said she hoped the tours would help make Pil­bara towns more ac­ces­si­ble by adding historical in­ter­est and giv­ing peo­ple ideas for fur­ther things to do in the area.

“Tourists can walk around old build­ings and see them but (without a guide) they’re not hear­ing them,” she said. “So this puts an ear to the ground and goes ‘here are the sto­ries be­hind it’.”

“There were he­roes, there were vil­lains, there were the hor­rid harsh times but it also tells you how those came about and why they came about.”

“These are all things that you can’t read, so you need to have some­one put it in perspective.”

Ms Knowler said the tours were al­ready re­ceiv­ing a good re­sponse from tourists. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit pil­bara­

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