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
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.