Camping with Custodians program expanding

Aboriginal communities are being encouraged to register their interest in developing and operating public campgrounds with the expansion of the Camping with Custodians program.

Violet Valley Campground in the Kimberley | credit: Australia’s North West

Camping with Custodians is an Australian-first program offered by Tourism WA. In collaboration with the respective communities, top quality campgrounds are built, and are then owned and operated by the community. The campgrounds are open to the public, allowing visitors to learn more about the local Aboriginal culture.

Five campgrounds have been developed to date, at Imintji, Mimbi, Violet Valley and Doon Doon in the Kimberley, and at Peedamulla in the Pilbara.

Work has started on a new campground at Djarindjin on the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome, while the campground for the neighbouring Lombadina community is in the planning stages.