The five big rivers of the north Kimberley intersect on Balanggarra country; the King River, Forest River, Pentecost River, Durack River and Ord River. It also borders the Cambridge Gulf and the Timor Sea.
The Balanggarra Rangers manage the 1000km of river and sea frontage on their country using the latest technologies to access this remote area in the far north Kimberley.
The rangers work to manage, protect and enhance the unique biodiversity values of their country through protecting cultural sites, cleaning tourist areas, coastline patrols, prescribed burning activities and marine and terrestrial biodiversity surveys. To ensure the long-term management of their country, the Balanggarra people declared an Indigenous Protected Area across 10,000 sq km on August 7, 2013.
The Bardi Jawi Oorany ranger group provides opportunities for women to participate in the management of their country while promoting Indigenous leadership, culture and heritage.
The women’s ranger group started in 2011 and conducts cultural and natural resource management activities including seed collection and nursery work to support the revegetation of native plants, cultural heritage management and traditional knowledge recording and transfer.
The women also work with the male ranger group to achieve the Bardi Jawi Indigenous Protected Area management targets.
The Bardi Jawi Rangers started seven years ago as the first ranger group in the Kimberley. Since then the group has established itself as a professional and capable team that works to protect and manage its land and sea country on the Dampier Peninsula.
The Bardi Jawi Rangers use a combination of traditional knowledge and modern science to survey and research the coastline and surrounding islands. The rangers have a focus on developing long-term management plans to ensure the future biodiversity and cultural health of their country. As part of this strategy, the Bardi Jawi people declared an Indigenous Protected Areas across parts of their country on May 23, 2013.
Dambimangari country is the traditional home of the Worrarra people and consists of remote coastline dotted with islands, sandy beaches, whale breeding grounds, unique reef systems, cascading waterfalls and rich biodiversity values.
The Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation established the Dambimangari Rangers to empower Traditional Owners to work on and manage their country. The rangers work with Government and non-Government agencies to monitor and maintain the health of their country. They also work with the tourism industry so visitors to the region can experience the culture, rock art and the natural values of their country while ensuring it is respected, understood and protected for the future.
The Dambimangari people declared an Indigenous Protected Area across part of their country in June 2013.
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The Gooniyandi Rangers are working to realise the vision of their senior elders through promoting increased biodiversity and culture on their country in the central Kimberley region.
The rangers have been employed to conduct important environmental work including fire management around communities and across pastoral stations, fee-for-service contracts to control the spread of noxious weeds, fauna research and biodiversity management. The Gooniyandi rangers also play a significant role in educating the next generation in how to look after country using a combination of traditional knowledge and western scientific methods.
The Gooniyandi Rangers have forged strong partnerships with the pastoral stations on their country and are working to jointly manage areas of the Gooniyandi claim area.
Karajarri Indigenous Protected Area was declared on May 7, 2014 as a way to manage, protect and enhance their country.
The Karajarri Rangers play an integral role in looking after country through delivering land and sea management outcomes including weed, pest and animal management, fire management, biodiversity surveys, cultural heritage site protection, traditional knowledge education, coastal patrols and biosecurity work. To access Karajarri country you can purchase a permit by visiting
From the rocky outcrops to the rugged cliffs and the famous Bungle Bungles, the Kija Rangers are charged with the responsibility to manage their country in the east Kimberley.
Based in Warmun, the Kija Rangers are a developing group that receives strong community support. The ranger team is working to gather the skills and funding needed to become a full-time ranger team and has actively been undertaking training programs.
The Kija Rangers work with and learn from their cultural elders. Together they identify priority conservation and land management targets while back to country trips assist in the transfer of knowledge and strengthen cultural values and connection to country.
The Ngurrara Rangers strive to protect the cultural landscape of their country in the Great Sandy Desert region of the Kimberley.
Through conducting fire management, looking after their jila and jumu freshwater places, monitoring cultural sites and implementing climate change adaptation strategies the rangers are rejuvenating Ngurrara country and making sure it remains healthy.
Maintaining language, cultural practices and passing on traditional knowledge are the top priorities of the Ngurrara people and the rangers. The Warlu Jilajaa Jumu Indigenous Protected Area is used to keep country healthy and safeguard the important permanent waterholes, seasonal soaks and water places that are fundamental to life in the desert region.
Download Ngurrarra Healthy Country Plan 2012-2022
(PDF 3.3 MB)
From the tidal waters of King Sound to the northern reaches of the Great Sandy Desert, the Fitzroy River is the lifeline that connects Nyikina and Mangala country.
The Nyikina Mangala Rangers are charged with the responsibility to manage this significant water source through conducting water health research and monitoring, biodiversity surveys, marine and freshwater fish tagging programs, weed management, feral animal and saltwater crocodile management.
Cultural advisers and elders work with the Nyikina Mangala Rangers to teach them about traditional knowledge, stories, language, culture and heritage. The rangers use traditional knowledge combined with western science to carry out their conservation and land management activities.
The Nyul Nyul Rangers manage two coastlines, hundreds of kilometres of beach and inland freshwater springs on the Dampier Peninsula.
The ranger group has a diverse work plan that includes coastal patrols, quarantine inspections, marine debris clean-ups, ghost net detection and removal, feral animal control, water monitoring and research, crocodile management, fire management, and biodiversity surveys.
The Nyul Nyul Rangers use the high-tech Cybertracker GPS device to assist them record information and data from across their country. The data is used to develop long-term management strategies to ensure healthy country.
Paruku Lake is of immense cultural significance to the Tjurabalan people and lies in the heart of the Paruku Indigenous Protected Area. The IPA was declared in 2001 and was the vision of the old people to protect and look after country.
The Paruku IPA Rangers follow the lead of their ancestors and work to keep their country healthy and alive because that is how they maintain their Tingarri dreaming stories.
Located between the Great Sandy and Tanami deserts, Paruku is an oasis is the arid landscape and a refuge for thousands of migratory bird species. The rangers protect and manage the rich cultural and environmental assets of this remote area through conducting feral animal management, fire management, on-country trips, traditional knowledge transfers, educating young people, biodiversity surveys and cultural site management.
Paruku IPA has a visitor permit system for people wishing to visit or camp at Lake Gregory, Lake Stretch or Sturt Creek. For more information visit
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The Uunguu Rangers are managed by the Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation. For more information on the rangers or the Uunguu Indigenous Protected Area, please phone (08) 9161 4205.
The Wunggurr Rangers are based along the world-renowned Gibb River Road and are charged with the responsibility to look after 60,150sqkm of land in the heart of the Kimberley - an area the size of Tasmania.
The rangers look after cultural sites and waterways, control feral animals and work to protect flora and fauna. They come from the Wanjina Wunggurr Wilinggin clan and their strong law and culture assists them to keep their country alive through using their traditional knowledge to undertake conservation and land management activities.
The Wunggurr Rangers are role models in their communities and strive to educate and positively impact on future generations. The Wilinggin Indigenous Protected Area was declared on June 11, 2013.
Download Wilinggin Healthy Country Plan 2012-2022
(PDF 8.6 MB)
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