Warripari - An important travel route for the Kaurna people
Learn about the Kaurna people's connection to the Sturt River 'Warripari'
This information is part of Stories of the Sturt River, an interpretive trail where you can listen to the history of the Sturt River at six state-of-the-art signs along a 3km stretch of the Sturt River Linear Park walking and cycling trail from Warriparinga to Oaklands Reserve.
- Find out more about Stories of the Sturt River.
Alexander Schramm, An Aboriginal encampment, near the Adelaide foothills,1854;Courtesy of South Australian Government Grant 1976, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
The Abundance of Warripari by Daphne Rickett
River Serpent Dreaming, by Lauretta Coleman
|Music and singing celebrate Kaurna culture|
Warripari is the Kaurna people's name for the Sturt River
Warripari means windy place by the river.
The Kaurna people have lived in the Marion area for many thousands of years.
Their land extends from Crystal Brook in the north to Cape Jervis in the south.
A seasonal journey
During summer, the Kaurna people travelled from the Adelaide Hills to the sea.
Travelling along the Warripari was part of this seasonal journey.
Ancestral connections to land
The Warripari inspired law, knowledge and language for several groups of the Kaurna people.
Kaurna people continue to celebrate the ancient path of the river and their Ancestral connections to land, ‘Pankarra’, with song, dance and ceremony.
Karrawirra (Red gum forest)
Karrawirra partu Kaurna miyurnaku wirrawirrangka pirlta, wangku, kupi, kadngi, mai, tiwa, kardla, kuu, mudlirna kuma Parna mudlirna pintyathi wadlanangku.
The red gum forest was important for Kaurna people as there was an abundance of possums, grubs, white ants, food, honey, firewood, shelter and tools. The clans made weapons and implements from the wood.
Did you know? Where there are waterways, including the Warripari, the Serpent Creation Ancestor has journeyed.
These places are culturally and spiritually significant for Aboriginal people.
The abundance of Warripari
Even during the driest of summers, deep pools along the Warripari springs in the coastal dunes and shallow wells in wetlands provided fresh water for the Kaurna people.
The river was also home to fish, yabbies, ducks and other game. Kangaroos, emus, possums and a range of animals flourished on the grassy plains.
With such abundance the Warripari supported large gatherings for trade and ceremony.
Warriparinga and Living Kaurna Cultural Centre
Warriparinga is the Gateway to the Tjilbruke story
Warriparinga is an important sacred place for Kaurna people.
The spirit of Tjilbruke lives here.
The spirit of the wind visits here.
The spirit of the river makes us alive
Learn about Kaurna culture
Visitors from the wider community and tourists can come to learn about Kaurna culture and share in the special environment of peace that exists at Warriparinga.
- Find out more about the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre.
You can listen to all this on a video on YouTube:
History and Cultural Heritage
The City of Marion recognises the importance of preserving our cultural heritage, valuing the past and planning for the future.
Our cultural heritage is precious and irreplaceable. It includes stories, memories, events and traditions as well as landscapes and places, buildings and objects that have significance to our local community.
- Find out more about Marion's History and Cultural Heritage