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Travel into remote Aboriginal Communities


Key Messages travel rules

  • The coronavirus (COVID-19) has the potential to do great harm to the Kimberley’s 221 remote Aboriginal communities.
  • Aboriginal people living in remote areas are more at risk of serious illness from the coronavirus than other people.
  • If the coronavirus gets into an Aboriginal community, it is likely to spread quickly and make residents very sick.
  • To help protect our Aboriginal communities, there are strict travel restrictions in place.
  • Tourists and travellers are not allowed to enter any remote Aboriginal community in Western Australia.
  • Fines of up to $50,000 may apply to anyone who breaches the restrictions.
  • Only some Aboriginal communities are excluded from the restrictions.

In the Kimberley, the following Aboriginal community amenities are currently open to tourists and travellers:

Dampier Peninsula, West Kimberley

  • Burrguk (entire community)
  • Djarindjin roadhouse
  • Dampier Peninsula police station
  • Djarindjin airstrip (private airstrip)
  • Embulgun (entire community)
  • Gnylmarung (entire community)
  • Googar Goonyool (entire community)
  • Goombaragin (entire community)
  • Gumbarnun (entire community)
  • Lombadina (entire community)

West Kimberley

  • Imintji campground
  • Imintji store
  • Imintji arts centre
  • Mimbi visitor access road
  • Mimbi visitor reception building
  • Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre

East Kimberley

  • Violet Valley campground in Baulu-Wah
  • Carranya (entire community)
  • Wuggubun (entire community)
  • Doon Doon (Woolah) caravan park
  • Doon Doon (Woolah) roadhouse


Before going to a remote Aboriginal community that is open, tourists and travellers should contact the community to find out whether it has its own entry requirements. 

All other remote Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley and their amenities are closed to tourists and travellers.

Native title holders have cancelled Canning Stock Route permits, and all remote Aboriginal communities and their amenities along the route are closed to tourists and travellers.

Please travel responsibly – help keep our Aboriginal communities safe.

For more information, call 13 COVID (13 268 43) or visit