In the local Yawuru language ‘Narlijia’, means ‘True for you’.


Bart Pigram is a Yawuru man from the West Kimberley region of northwest Australia. Born and bred in Broome Bart has a passion for telling the complete story of life in Broome. Drawing on knowledge gained from living a saltwater lifestyle as well as professional training as a curator Bart started Narlijia Tours in 2015. Narlijia means ‘true for you’ in the Yawuru (Australian Aboriginal) language reflecting Bart’s wish to tell the ‘entire’ story sharing his Aboriginal and multicultural perspective first hand.

Being part of the large Pigram-Puertollano family Bart belongs to a long tradition of pearling workers and musicians. This heritage enables Bart many rich and fascinating stories of life around the beautiful turquoise waters of Roebuck Bay, Broome.

A natural entertainer you can join Bart on one of his unique tours of Broome and the Bay and see the country and lifestyle from his unique perspective including Dampier Creek and the rich pickings in the mangrove forests and on the jabalbal (mudflats)

Born & bred in Broome, Bart is a member of the talented Pigram family & is deeply respectful of his multicultural roots. A true Saltwater Cowboy who lives by the sea he has spent his life hunting & fishing in the traditional lands & waters that surround his home. As a passenger aboard the Broome Whale Watching catamaran Ballena, I was aware of the importance of the collaboration between these two extremely passionate local tour operators who respect each other & their environment. Both Bart & Cam understand the significant part Roebuck Bay plays & has always played in the lives of the people of Broome, firstly the Yawuru people as well as neighbouring mobs, then to the early Pearling pioneers and now to the people of Broome & its visitors. Bart feels most strongly about his responsibility as a Yawuru man to share the knowledge bestowed upon him by his elders & is dedicated to passing that on, to his children & to visitors too. He introduced us to not only some bush tucker & bush remedies but also to some delicious Adobo & rice, an old family recipe from the Filipino side of his Pigram heritage. A natural story teller with a cheeky wit, I find Bart extremely charismatic & he had me hanging on his every word. What you see is what you get, Narlijia is a Yawuru word that means "true for you" & Bart doesn't hold back, cultural, social or political if he has an opinion he will voice it truthfully. As we journeyed lazily along the shoreline different things were pointed out that had an important story attached. During our 3 hour tour the wonderful staff aboard Ballena provided us with tasty homemade snacks & drinks as we headed back to the mooring at Entrance Point. While the sun sank slowly over the dunes we were serenaded by one of Broomes finest ambassadors Bart Pigram. I would have no hesitation in recommending Narlijia Cultural Tours
Julie : Melbourne

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PO Box 6020 Broome, WA 6725
Phone: 08 9195 0232