COVID-19 coronavirus: Remote Aboriginal communities travel

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

Last updated: 30 October 2020 at 12.50pm

Changes to WA border arrangements

From Saturday, 14 November, WA will transition to a safe and sensible controlled border arrangement based on the latest public health advice. Every state and territory in Australia will need to record a 14-day rolling average of less than 5 community cases per day of COVID-19 for Western Australia’s new controlled interstate border arrangement to be introduced. Find out more about WA's Controlled Interstate Border.

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 30 October 2020