Indigenous Communities

and the Environment

Antara-Sandy Bore

Declared Indigenous Protected Areas in South Australia


Sandy Bore

Antara-Sandy Bore

Covering more than 846,000 hectares of South Australia's arid Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, the Antara-Sandy Bore Indigenous Protected Area is dominated by the Everard Ranges to the north and sandplain country to the south. The area's traditional owners known as Nguraritja declared the Indigenous Protected Area in June 2011

Traditional ecological knowledge is the basis for the management of Antara-Sandy Bore. It is used alongside western scientific techniques to conserve the natural and cultural values of the landscape. Nguraritja are keen to explore economic opportunities that are consistent with sustainable land management, such as small-scale tourism ventures and the harvesting of feral animals.

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The Kalka-Pipalyatjara Indigenous Protected Area stretches for more than 580,000 hectares across the north-west corner of South Australia. The Tomkinson and Mann ranges dominate the north-west landscape of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands while in the south, sand dune country with rocky outcrops provides habitat for an unexpected number of plant and animal species.

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Mount Willoughby Indigenous Protected Area

Mount Willoughby

The striking arid landscape of Mount Willoughby covers 3,865 square kilometres where the Stony Plains and Great Victoria Desert bioregions meet. The former pastoral property supports a remarkable collection of habitats, ranging from swamps and grassland to cracking clay pans, spectacular breakaway ranges and vivid red dune country.

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Nantawarrina Indigenous Protected Area


Australia's first Indigenous Protected Area, Nantawarrina spreads across 580 square kilometres of rugged terrain between the Flinders and Gammon Ranges National Parks. A key attraction for visitors and campers as they pass through the ranges, this hardy country is characterised by stunning limestone hills, siltstone flats, springs and waterholes.

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Watarru and Walalkara Indigenous Protected Areas

Watarru and Walalkara

Watarru and Walalkara cover 12,800 and around 7,000 square kilometres respectively on Anangu Pitjantjatjara lands. Both areas lie in the Great Victoria Desert, the traditional lands of the Pitjantjatjara, Ngaanyatjarra and Yankunytjatjara peoples, known as Anangu.

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Yalata Indigenous Protected Area


Lying at the edge of the Great Victoria Desert on the southern margin of Australia's majestic Nullarbor Plain, Yalata covers 4,563 square kilometres of coastal dunes, limestone cliffs, sand plains and shrublands.

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