The coronavirus (COVID-19) has the potential to do great harm to the Kimberley’s 221 remote Aboriginal communities.
- Aboriginal people living in remote areas are more at risk of serious illness from the coronavirus than other people.
- If the coronavirus gets into an Aboriginal community, it is likely to spread quickly and make residents very sick.
- To help protect our Aboriginal communities, there are strict travel restrictions in place.
- Tourists and travellers are not allowed to enter any remote Aboriginal community in Western Australia.
- Fines of up to $50,000 may apply to anyone who breaches the restrictions.
- Only some Aboriginal communities are excluded from the restrictions.
- For more information, call 13 COVID (13 268 43) or visit wa.gov.au
LATEST UPDATE AUGUST 2020
WE ENCOURAGE ALL LOCAL BUSINESSES TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THIS INFORMATION AND DISPLAY TO ENSURE WE CAN SPREAD THIS SAFETY MESSAGE WITH AS MANY VISITORS AS POSSIBLE.
An update from Regional Development Australia - Kimberley
DAMPIER PENINSULA COMMUNITY CLOSURES
The only areas that are open to the public are as follows:
o Djarindjin roadhouse – cnr Cape Leveque Road and Lombadina Road
o Dampier Peninsula police station – Lombadina Road
o Djarindjin airstrip (private airstrip)
o Gnylmarung (entire community)
o Goombaragin (entire community)
o Gumbarnun (entire community)
o Mercedes Cove (entire community)
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Which remote Aboriginal communities, or parts of them, are currently excluded from the entry rules?
The following exclusions are currently in place. That means these remote Aboriginal community amenities are open to tourists and travellers.
Dampier Peninsula, West Kimberley - read pdf here
- Djarindjin roadhouse
- Dampier Peninsula police station
- Djarindjin airstrip (private airstrip)
- Gnylmarung (entire community)
- Goombaragin (entire community)
- Gumbarnun (entire community)
- Mercedes Cove (entire community)
- Imintji campground
- Imintji store
- Imintji arts centre
- Mimbi Visitor Access Road
- Mimbi Visitor Reception Building
- Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre
- Violet Valley campground in Baulu-Wah
- Carranya (entire community)
- Wuggubun (entire community)
- Doon Doon (Woolah) Caravan Park
- Doon Doon (Woolah) Roadhouse
Mid-West Gascoyne - read pdf here
- Karalundi shop / café
- Karalundi caravan park
The following remote Aboriginal communities are now also open to tourists and travellers:
- Doon Doon
- Mercedes Cove
See information about management arrangements for these communities at State of Emergency Declarations.
All other remote Aboriginal communities and their amenities are closed to tourists and travellers.
Useful Maps for Remote Aboriginal Communities
Below are links maps of remote Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley region. These maps are publicly available on the Department of Planning Lands and Heritage website.
Download map - ABL-AboriginalCommunities_East_Kimberley_r.pdf
Download map - ABL-AboriginalCommunities_Map2_A4_r.pdf
Download map - ABL-AboriginalCommunities_West_Kimberley_r.pdf
Regional Travel Restrictions
Regional travel restrictions apply to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
For more information and full list of exemptions see
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