Declared Indigenous Protected Areas in Western Australia
Birriliburu Indigenous Protected Area
Birriliburu Indigenous Protected Area stretches over 6.6 million hectares of striking desert from the nationally significant Carnarvon Range to Constance Headland along Western Australia's famous Canning Stock Route.
Ninghan Indigenous Protected Area
Rising 678 metres from the surrounding plains, the gently sloping form of Mount Singleton - nyingarn, or echidna - lends its character and traditional name to Ninghan. Sitting at the junction of four bioregions, the property marks the transition from remnant eucalyptus woodlands to expansive mala plains.
Paruku Indigenous Protected Area
The spectacular wetlands of Paruku are an internationally renowned haven for hundreds of thousands of birds. Covering around 4,300 square kilometres on the borders of the Great Sandy Desert and Tanami bioregions, Paruku is located south of the township of Halls Creek.
Uunguu Indigenous Protected Area
In May 2011, the Wunambal Gaambera people formally declared stage one of the Uunguu Indigenous Protected Area. Uunguu stretches over about 343,515 hectares of the northern Kimberley - one of the most remote and spectacular coastlines in the world.
There are many diverse habitats here - from rainforest-filled gorges to freshwater holes, culturally-significant coastal islands and saltwater country. Uunguu is home to many threatened plants and animals - dugong, marine turtles, dolphins and the smallest rock wallaby in the world, called monjon, are all found here.
Uunguu also forms one of the biggest open air galleries in Western Australia - world-famous rock art is found here, speaking of the Wanjina spirits and Wunggurr spirits who made the language and the law for each family to look after a traditional part of country.
Warlu Jilajaa Jumu Indigenous Protected Area
Warlu Jilajaa Jumu covers an incredible 1.6 million hectares of arid scrub and desert wetlands in the north-west of Western Australia's Great Sandy Desert. Cared for by its traditional owners, the Ngurrara, the area is named after the fire they use to keep the land healthy (warlu) and the permanent waterholes ('jila' or 'living water') and seasonal soaks (jumu) that are their key source of water.