Guide Derek Oobagooma and visitors at a rock art site
Dambimangari Traditional Owners welcome visitors to their country – an area rich in species diversification, spectacular landscapes and cultural significant sites.
Until recently access to Dambimangari country has largely been unregulated and more popular sites have been detrimentally impacted as a consequence. As traditional custodians, Dambimangari People have a cultural obligation to care for country, including its sits and the welfare of its plant and animal species. In order to fulfil this obligation Dambimangari require all visitors to country to obtain a permit to access approved locations. Fees derived from the permit system will go toward the ongoing management of country.
This website contains a list of sites (the Visitor Location Schedule) where visitors have Traditional Owner permission to access if they have obtained a Dambimangari Visitor Pass. Sites provide visitors with the opportunity to enjoy a mix of natural, cultural and historic visitor experiences. For cultural and/or environmental reasons not all sites previously accessed by visitors are on the schedule.
The map below identifies 41 popular places to visit in Dambimangari country. If you want to take a closer look, click on a sector of particular interest to enlarge the map and make it easier to locate the relevant sites. The numbers correspond to a list in the following table, which includes relevant location co-ordinates. The table also lists areas on Aboriginal Reserves, requiring visitor permits from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs. This requirement is in addition to the requirement to a Dambimangari Visitor Pass.
Details of the permit requirements for Aboriginal Reserve areas are outlined in the section headed Accessing Aboriginal Reserves.
From 2020, applications for a Dambi Visitors’ Pass will be subject to a fee, the proceeds of which will go to the Dambi Rangers who are responsible for the day-to-day management of Country.
Please be aware that Dambimangari country is a remote and dangerous place and all visitors to country are responsible for their own safety. By Traditional Owners allowing you to continue to visit these sites does not necessarily mean that it is always safe to do so. Entering any site on the Visitor Location Schedule is done entirely at your own risk.
|You will need a Dambimangari visitors’ pass to visit all sites on this schedule|
|To visit these sites, you must be accompanied by a Traditional Owner guide. Visiting without an accredited guide is strictly prohibited|
|These locations are under DAC management and visitors will need to make special arrangements with the Dambimangari office. Click here for more information|
|#||For these sites, you will need and ALT permit. Click here for more information|
|Site Number||Site Experience||Site Name||Location Coordinates||ALT Reserve - additional permit required||Conditions of access|
|1||Beach||Cone Bay||S-16.496853 E123.586607||#|
|2||Beach||Gugeri's Camp||S-16.442530 E123.574300||#|
|3||Beach||Dunvert Is.||S-16.29118 E123.519154|
|4||Beach||Strickland Bay (1)||S-16.305913 E123.572227||#|
|5||Beach||Next to Yamariyamir beach||S-16.177521 E123.558516||#||Access with Traditional Owner guide only|
|6||Beach||Yamariyamir||S-16.179148 E123.566328||#||Access with Traditional Owner guide only|
|7||Beach||Yawunjarla (Myridi Bay Beach - outside mouth)||S-16.160939 E123.626537||#||Access with Traditional Owner guide only|
|8||Historic||Wotjalum landing area||S-16.229277 E123.628398||#||Access with Traditional Owner guide only|
|9||Historic||Wotjalum Mission Ruins||S-16.24969 E123.65028||#||Access with Traditional Owner guide only|
|10||Freshwater||Crocodile Creek||S-16.164178 E123.676414||#||Unmanaged infrastructure installed without permission - no liability for injury|
|11||Beach||Beach (West of Silver Gull Ck.)||S-16.154745 E123.691861||#|
|12||Freshwater||Silver Gull Creek||S-16.194223 E123.697907||#||Under DAC Management - access subject to special arrangement. Please contact DAC for further information.|
|13||Beach||Nares Point (north)||S-16.131879 E123.705223||#|
|14||Beach||Nares Point (south)||S-16.141582 E123.719672||#|
|15||Beach||The Sisters Is.||S-16.154003 E123.835436|
|16||Freshwater||Talbot Bay Creek (incl. falls)||S-16.317286 E123.796158||#|
|17||Freshwater||Banyan Creek (Dugong Bay)||S-16.393531 E123.902607||#|
|18||Freshwater||Garaan ngarrim||S-16.367634 E123.92613||#||Access with Traditional Owner guide only|
|19||Beach||Beach (NE of Rankin Is.)||S-16.30752 E124.403181|
|20||Freshwater||Little Ruby (Sapphire) Falls||S-16.112091 E124.641424||Unmanaged infrastructure installed without permission - no liability for injury|
|21||Freshwater||Ruby Falls||S-16.086862 E124.666890||Unmanaged infrastructure installed without permission - no liability for injury|
|22||Beach||Ngumbirri (Raft Point)||S-16.067893 E124.445898|
|23||Cultural||Ngumburi Cave (art site)||S-16.07794 E124.469152||Access with Traditional Owner guide only|
|24||Beach||Traverse Is. (2)||S-16.232431 E124.115967|
|25||Historic||Coffee Royal Site (Kingsford Smith Landing 1929)||S-15.623520 E124.723687||#||Under DAC Management - access subject to special arrangement. Please contact DAC for further information.|
|26||Cultural||Wijingarra Bard Bard (Fresh Water Cove)||S-15.811088 E124.410743||#||Access with Traditional Owner guide only|
|27||Cultural||Langgi||S-15.757715 E124.400297||#||Access with Traditional Owner guide only|
|28||Freshwater||Sampson Inlet||S-15.527771 E124.507351||#|
|29||Historic||Sheep Island Cemetery||S-15.488830 E124.61435||#|
|30||Historic||Camden Harbour Settlement (1864-5)||S-15.488932 E124.628438||#|
|31||Historic||Kunmunya Mission Ruins||S-15.445229 E124.710162||#||Access with Traditional Owner guide only|
|32||Historic||Ming-gunya (Port George IV Mission Ruins)||S-15.362845 E124.749046||#||Access with Traditional Owner guide only|
|33||Historic||Hiro Bay Pearling Camp Ruins||S-15.366894 E124.474616||#||Access with Traditional Owner guide only|
|34||Historic||Nyumbaraguj (Degerando Lighthouse)(on a small lease, not Aboriginal Reserve)||S-15.336717 E124.193300|
|35||Historic||Nimaamba (WWII LORAN radar base)||-15.283497 124.276311||#|
|36||Beach||High Bluff Beaches||S-15.290811 E124.678216||#|
|37||Beach||High Bluff (north)||S-15.278087 E124.70253||#|
|38||Beach||Hanover Bay||S-15.315032 E124.779558||#|
|39||Beach||Uwins Island.||S-15.275905 E124.795299||#||Access with Traditional Owner guide only|
|40||Freshwater||Banjaddoo (Camp Creek Falls)||S-15.588372 E125.183624||#||Access with Traditional Owner guide only|
|41||Cultural||Banjaddoo (rock art)||S-15.590568 E125.186307||#||Access with Traditional Owner guide only|
Sites colour coded as gold require all visitors to be accompanied by a Traditional Owners operated accredited tour guide. There are two current companies on Dambimangari country:
Please contact these companies directly to organise your once in a lifetime tour of Dambimangari country.
All other sites previously included on the schedule no longer appearing on the list are now closed to visitors due to environmental and/or cultural considerations.
Whilst it is expected that the majority of visitors will be adequately covered by the above process, some visitors may wish to access areas not on the Visitor Location Schedule. Some examples may be helicopter companies, bushwalkers, or commercial vessel operators who want to offer their passengers a different experience to other companies. Visitors can complete a 'Special Arrangement Request Form' to enable consultation to occur between DAC, the relevant Traditional Owners and the applicant. If a Special Arrangement has been agreed, the applicant can then submit an online DAA application for those areas located within Wotjalum and Kunmunya Reserves, and DAC will notify the Department of Aboriginal Affairs that the applicant has approval to access areas (and any conditions) in addition to the Visitor Location Schedule. The default position is that NO Special Arrangements exist with any party unless otherwise confirmed in writing by DAC and approvals to access areas not included on the Visitor Location Schedule will only occur in exceptional circumstances (e.g. for scientific research). Applicants should provide as much detail as possible as to why they wish to access an area.