At the end of the suburban backblocks of Kununurra, there’s a sort of mini Bungle Bungle Range — and a new walk trail to take visitors deep into it. The Yoorrnging Geranyem Banan Trail was officially opened in Mirima National Park on Wednesday afternoon, with a string of us setting off round its 3.5km and settling into the gentle, evening mood of this ancient landscape and spiritual place in Miriwoong country. Our little “inaugural walking party” comprises locals and visitors, representatives of government and organisations (and, incidentally, only me from the media). We pass the sign that has just been unveiled by Environment Minister Reece Whitby, Kimberley MLA Divina D’Anna and Agnes Armstrong, representing the Mirima Language Centre in Kununurra. We walk on up through gorges, past beehive formations and into valleys as the softening light burnishes the sandstone. Agnes has welcomed us to this place, and spoken in local language to ancestors so that, she says, they won’t be frightened when lots of visitors started walking round here. A sudden light breeze wafts through and seems to welcome us, too. The $150,000 trail’s name means “painting on rocks trail”. It represents the strong ties that traditional owners, the Miriwoong Gajerrong people, have had with the park for thousands of years, says Environment Minister Reece Whitby. And Peter Griffiths-Sebastian, senior guide for Waringarri Aboriginal Arts’ Indigenous Tours, stops us to point out rock art and handprints which are close to the trail and easy to spot. It is the fourth trail in Mirima National Park, the longest, and will be managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. Craig Olejnik, DBCA’s regional manager Kimberley, is clearly pleased — the path follows natural lines, has little and very low-key signage, and actually looks like it’s been here a long time. Mirima is the most accessible national park in the East Kimberley. While some of its other walk trails are suitable for just about everyone, from the less mobile to thong-wearers, the new Yoorrnging Geranyem Banan Trail has more relief, and demands a certain sure-footedness. I’d say it’s an intermediate trail (though Trails WA classifies it as “moderately difficult”), with uneven rock surfaces, short climbs and descents, and a ladder and stairs. Striding out, Mr Whitby says the trail is good for national and international visitors — and also for locals: “What better way to take in the incredible natural surroundings? The colourful layered rocks are mesmerising with the changing light of the day.” Ms D’Anna adds: “This new trail holds special meaning for the local Miriwoong Gajerrong people who have lived on this land for thousands of years.” She also reckons the new trail will encourage people to explore. And explore we have. But it is down to Dr Fran Stanley, acting director general of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, to lead the way home, bounding up new stairs which are part of the trail. I look up at the red tops of the beehive formations against a sky now of a softening blue. And I look down happily at the red toes of my boots, happy in the soft Kimberley sand.