COVID-19 coronavirus: Remote Aboriginal communities travel

What you need to know about travel restrictions and remote Aboriginal communities.

Last updated: 29 September 2020 at 11.02am

Looking after each other

People in Western Australia are wandering out yonder and exploring the natural beauty of our great state. While we're enjoying WA's natural beauty, visiting attractions and meeting new people, it's important that we look after each other.

There are more than 200 remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, across the Midwest, Gascoyne, Pilbara, Goldfields and Kimberley regions.

The residents of these communities are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than other Western Australians.

To help keep remote Aboriginal communities safe from COVID-19, there are strict travel restrictions in place. Tourists and travellers are not allowed to enter.

Some remote Aboriginal communities have applied for exclusions from the travel restrictions and they, or their amenities, are open to visitors.

Planning your trip well in advance will help you navigate remote areas and avoid entering restricted areas.

The COVID hotline — 13 COVID (13 26843) — is available to answer COVID-19 related questions.

Map of remote Aboriginal communities

  • Green markerCommunities open to visitors
  • Orange markerCommunities partly open to visitors
  • Red markerCommunities not open to visitors
 

Travel restrictions

Under the WA Government’s Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions, the only people who can enter a remote Aboriginal community are residents of those communities and those who are:

  • providing essential services and supplies
  • going to work or school there
  • entering for family or cultural reasons
  • delivering a community program or activity
  • entering in an emergency.

These people cannot enter a community if they have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19, or if they are waiting for a test result or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Travellers can drive through a remote Aboriginal community only if they do not stop or come into contact with any person in the community.

Police have the power to enforce the travel restrictions, and fines of up to $50,000 can be issued.

For more information read the Restrictions on travel to remote Aboriginal communities – frequently asked questions.

Planning your trip

It is important to plan your trip before you leave home so that you know which remote Aboriginal communities are open, and to ensure you have enough food, water and fuel to avoid stopping in Aboriginal communities that are closed to visitors.

Aboriginal communities that are open to visitors may have their own requirements for people entering. You should always contact a community before going there to find out what travel restrictions or entry requirements are in place.

Contact visitor centres in each region for the latest travel information.

Remote Aboriginal communities open to visitors

Community Alternative name Open (whole or part) Exclusion document
Burrguk Banana Wells Open to visitors Burrguk exclusion variation
Carranya N/A Open to visitors Carranya exclusion variation
Djarindjin Djarinjin Only Djarindjin roadhouse and Dampier Peninsula Police Station are open. Djarindijn exclusion variation
Doon Doon Woolah Only Doon Doon Caravan Park and Roadhouse are open. Doon Doon exclusion variation
Embulgun Embalgun Open to visitors Embalgun exclusion variation
Gnylmarung N/A Open to visitors Gnylmarung exclusion variation
Goojarr Goonyool N/A Open to visitors Goojarr Goonyool exclusion variation
Goombaragin N/A Open to visitors Goombaragin exclusion variation
Gumbarnun Gumbanan Open to visitors Gumbarnun exclusion variation
Ilkurlka N/A Only Ilkurlka roadhouse/Ilkurlka Visitor Centre is open. Ilkurlka exclusion variation
Imintji Immintji, Mount House, Saddlers Springs Only Imintji Campground, Arts Centre and store are open. Imintiji exclusion variation
Karalundi Karalindi Only Karalundi Caravan Park and shop/cafe are open. Karalindi exclusion variation
Lombadina N/A Open to visitors Lombadina exclusion variation
Mimbi N/A Only Mimbi Visitor Access Road and Visitor Reception Building are open. Mimbi exclusion variation
Mowanjum N/A Only Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre is open. Mowanjum exclusion variation
Wuggubun Card Creek, Wuggun Open to visitors Wuggubun exclusion variation

Remote Aboriginal communities closed to visitors

Community entry requirements apply for Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu, Kunawarritji and Kiwirrkurra, and Ardyaloon.

Community Alternative name

Alligator Hole

 N/A

Ardyaloon

Bardi, One Arm Point

Baulu Wah Baulu-Wah, Violet Valley

Balginjurr

Balginjirr, Lower Liveringa

Barrel Well

Ajana

Bawoorrooga

 N/A

Bayulu

Go Go

Beagle Bay

 N/A

Bell Springs

 N/A

Bells Point

Weedong

Bidan

Bedunburru, Nillibubbica, Nillibubbuca

Bidijul

 N/A

Bidyadanga

La Grange

Biljing Bilging Bingar

Biljing Biljing Bingarr, Red Creek

Billanooka

Billinooka

Billard

 N/A

Bindoola

Darwalah

Bindurrk

 N/A

Biridu

 N/A

Birndirri

Old Lamboo

Blackstone

Papulankutja

Bobieding

Bernards Well

Bow River

Juwurlinji, Juwulinypuny

Brubrunganjal

Brunbrunganjal, Kitty Wells, Brubrunajal

Budgarjook

Red Soil

Budjilbidi

 N/A

Bulgin

 N/A

Bulinjarr

Bulanjarr, Mowla Bluff, Balunjarr

Buningbarr

Barringbarr

Buniol

N/A

Burringurrah

Mount Augustus, Mount James

Buttah Windee

Gidgee Gully

Bygnunn

 N/A

Camp 61

Ngalkanginya

Carnot Springs

 N/A

Carson River

 N/A

Cattle Creek

Brook Creek, Yinigin Jaru, Ngiling Anjru

Chile Creek

Jilirr

Chirritta Station

Weymul, Chirrita Station

Cockatoo

 N/A

Cockatoo Springs

Ngunulum

Coonana

Upurl Upurlila Ngurratja

Cosmo Newberry

Cosmo, Yilka

Crocodile Hole

Rugan

Darlu Darlu

DarluDarlu, Nine Mile

Desert Gold

Desert Farm

Dillon Springs

 N/A

Djaradjung

Djarajung

Djibbinj

 N/A

Djilimbardi

Djillumbardi, Waratea, Djilumbardi

Djoodood

 N/A

Djugarargyn

 N/A

Djugerari

Cherrabun

Djulburr

Djulbard

Dodnun

Wah Dodnun, Mount Elizabeth

Emu Creek

Gulgagulganeng

Five Mile

Five Mile (WA), Irrungadji Outstation

Flying Foxhole

Flying Fox, Worrworrm

Flywell

Barangga

Four Mile

Johnson's Block

Frazier Downs

Frazier

Galamanda

Galamunda

Galburring

Gulberang, Eight Mile Bore, Djuluwon, Garlburring

Galeru Gorge

Mount Pierre, Looma Galeru Gorge

Ganinyi

Louisa Downs

Geboowama

Rocky Springs, Morning Glory

Gilaroong

Gillarong

Gillysharp

Gilly Sharpe

Gilungarra

Gillingura, Lulu's Block

Girriyoowa

Pullout Springs

Goobiny

 N/A

Goodarl

Fork Creek

Goolarabooloo

Goolarabooloo Millibinyarri, Coconut Wells, Goolarabarloo

Goolarrgon

Goolarrdgoon

Goolgaradah

Goolgadarah

Goolomonon

Gulumonon

Goombading

Tappers Inlet

Goonj Arlan

Goonjarlan

Goose Hill

Gullalluwa, Gilaluwa

Gubili

N/A

Guda Guda

Nine Mile Camp

Gudargie

Wattagutabe

Gudrum

N/A

Gudumal

Gudumul, Cunningham Point

Gullaweed

 N/A

Gunburr

N/A

Gurrbalgun

Pender Bay, Gurrbalgun Urrma

Honeymoon Beach

 N/A

Innawonga

Bellary Springs, Belleary Springs

Jabir Jabir

 N/A

Jameson

Mantamaru , Parnanaru

Janterriji

Koomie, Dolly Hole

Jarlmadangah

Jarlmadangah Burru, Mount Anderson, Jarlmadanga

Jarlmadanka

Ngyginah, Ngyginah Cattle Community

Jaylirr

Bishop's Dell, Mount Dockeril, Jalyirr

Jigalong

 N/A

Jilariya

 N/A

Jimbalakudunj

Jimbalkudung, Paradise Station, Jimalakadunj

Jimbilum

Pack Saddle

Jinparinya

 N/A

Jinyaadi

Jinyardi

Joy Springs

Eight Mile

Julgnunn

 N/A

Jundaru

Jandaru, Peedamulla

Kadjina

Millijiddee, Wulungarra

Kalumburu

Kulumburu

Kalungkurriji

Norton Bore

Kalyaydayan

Kalayadayan

Kandiwal

Mitchell Plateau, Ungolan

Kanpa

Gumpa, Pira-Kata

Kardaloo

Wandanooka, Kardaloo, Kardaloo Farm

Karnparrmi

Melon Hole, Karnparri, Three Mile, Karnparni

Karrku

 N/A

Kartang Rija

Kartang Riga, Turner River, Kartung Rija

Kawarre

Purnululu, Bungle Bungle

Kayirriwarney

Kayirriwarra

Kearney Range

Walajunti Block, Bawoorroonga

Killi Killi

Lukarara, Kirli Kirli

Kiwirrkurra

 N/A

Koorabye

Ngalapita , Kalyeeda, Koorrabay

Kumbrarumba

Cumburumba, Gurrbumi

Kunawarritji

Kunawarriji, Well 33

Kupartiya

Bohemia Downs , Bohemia Downs Station

Kupungarri

Mount Barnett , Kupingarra

Kurinyjarn

Kurinjayan, Kurinyjayan

Kurlku

 N/A

Kurrawang

 N/A

Kutkububba

Kutkabubba, Kutabubba

La Djardarr

Ladjadarr Bay, La Djardarr Bay (Disaster Bay)

Lamboo Gunian

Koongie Park

Lamboo Station

Birndirdie, Ngunjiwirri

Larinyuwar

Cone Bay

Linga

 N/A

Looma

 N/A

Loongabid

Nyul Nyul

Loumard

 N/A

Luluigui

N/A

Lumukul

Osmond Valley

Maddarr

 N/A

Majaddin

Madjurrin

Malaburru

 N/A

Malangan

Illengirri

Mandangala

Glen Hill

Marta Marta

Deca Station

Marunbabidi

Prap Prap, Maranbanpidi

McGowans Island

McGowan Island

Mercedes Cove N/A

Mia Maya

Mayi Mia, Pender Gardens

Middle Lagoon

Wulgurding

Midlargoon

Milargoon, Midlagoon, Millargoon

Milba

 N/A

Mindibungu

Bililuna, Billiluna

Mingalkala

Mingkalkala

Mingullatharndo

Five Mile, Roebourne, 5 Mile

Miniata

Old Red Creek, Red Creek 2

Molly Springs

Wigilawarrim, Wijilawarrim

Monbon

 N/A

Moongardie

 N/A

Morard

Moord

Mount Margaret

Amos

Mudjarrl

Mudjarrl Aboriginal Corporation

Mudnunn

Gulan, Gullun

Mulan

Lake Gregory

Mulga Queen

Nurra Kurramunoo

Muludja

Colin Yard

Mundud

 N/A

Munget

 N/A

Munjari

 N/A

Munmarul

Milla Windi, Millie Windie

Munthanmar

Munthamar

Murphy Creek

 N/A

Neem

 N/A

Neildu

 N/A

Ngadarlargin

 N/A

Ngalingkadji

Chestnut Bore , Ngalingadi

Ngallagunda

Ngallangunda, Gibb River

Ngamakoon

 N/A

Ngarantjardu

Mount Bannerman

Ngarlan Burr

Yallet

Ngulupi

 N/A

Ngulwirriwirri

Ngully, Four Mile Creek 2, Brown's Block, Nulliwirri

Ngumpan

Pinnacle Creek , Pinnacles

Ngurawaana

Millstream

Ngurtuwarta

Alligator Hill

Nilargoon

Sunday Island

Nillygan

 N/A

Nimbing

 N/A

Norman Creek

 N/A

Nudugun

 N/A

Nulla Nulla

 N/A

Nunju Yallet

 N/A

Nyah Nygah

Nygah Nygah

Nyallawilli

Ngyallawilli, Ngyala Willi, Mullawilli Hill

Nyilil

 N/A

Nyumwah

 N/A

Pago

 N/A

Pandanus Park

Tjarramba , Yurmulan Aboriginal Community

Pantijan

Panta Downs

Parnngurr

Cotton Creek, Punngurr

Patch Up

 N/A

Patjarr

Karilywarra , Karliwarra

Pia Wadjari

Pia Wadjarri, Mt Barloweerie, Diandi Darlot, Murgoo

Punju Njamal

Punju Ngarugundi Njamal, Ngarla Coastal Ngamal

Punmu

Lake Dora

Puntawari

 N/A

Quartz Blow

Quartz Blow Hole, Fletcher Family

Radjarli

Rarrdjali

Rb River Junction

Rb Junction, Rb, Robe River Junction

Red Shells

 N/A

Ribinyung Dawang

Rowena Downs, Mud Springs

Ringer Soak

Kundat Djaru, Yuraman

Robertson Range

 N/A

Rocky Springs

N/A

Rolah

Rollah

Strelley

 N/A

Tappers Inlet

 N/A

Tirralintji

Mornington, Terralintji

Tjirrkarli

 N/A

Tjukurla

 N/A

Tjuntjuntjara

Paupiyala Tjarutja, Tjuntjunjarra

Wakathuni

 N/A

Walgun

 N/A

Wanamulnyndong

Mijilmil Mia, Wanamulyadong

Wangkatjungka

Christmas Creek, Wangkajungka

Wannarn

Wanarn, Wannan

Warakurna

Giles

Warburton

 N/A

Warmun

Turkey Creek

Warralong

Karntimarta

White Gum Park

 N/A

White Rock

Ngunjiwirra, Ngunjuwirri

Windidda

 N/A

Windjingayr

Windjingayre, Windjingare

Windong

 N/A

Wingellina

Irrunuytju, Irrunytju

Wirrimanu

Balgo, Balgo Hills

Woodstock

Mumbaltjari

Woolerregerberleng

Wollergerberleng, Hollow Springs, Woolie

Worrimbah

Warrimbah

Wulununjur

 N/A

Wungu

Old Flora Valley Station

Wurreranginy

Frog Hollow, Wurrenranginy

Yakanarra

Yakanara

Yandarrina

Yandarina, Grey's Block

Yandeyarra

Mugarinya

Yardangarli

Yardangarli, Dingo Springs

Yardoogarra

Garimba

Yarramurral

Walgall

Yarri Yarri

 N/A

Yarrunga

Chinaman Garden , Alice Downs

Yawuru

 N/A

Yiramalay

Yiramalay, Wamali Bunuba

Yirralalem

Yirralallan, Packsaddle Springs

Yiyili

Louisa Downs Station , Louisa Downs

Youngaleena

Youngaleena Bunjima, Bunjima

Yulga Jinna

Fraser Well

Yulumbu

Yulmbu, Tableland's Station

Yungngora

Noonkanbah, Nookanbah

Page reviewed 29 September 2020