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Visitor Location Schedule

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.

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  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:

Wijingarra Tours

Jilinya Adventure Tours

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.

Special Arrangements

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.