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Our Camping with Custodians initiative is an exciting, Australian-first program that develops high quality campgrounds on Aboriginal lands which are open to the public and operated by the community. 

Visitors can stay on Aboriginal lands and meet and mix with Aboriginal people, with the fees they pay for their accommodation staying in the community.  For the community, Camping with Custodians generates income, employment, training opportunities and the chance to showcase local culture.

Our role is to identify Camping with Custodians opportunities and help communities deliver their campground facilities and related activities. We coordinate the campground development including land assembly, assessments of Native Title and heritage, studies of flora, fauna, hydrology and soils, and the  planning and building approvals from local Government. We also provide marketing and business development support, as well as training for the campground operators, many of which are new to tourism.

There are currently five Camping with Custodians sites:
  • The Imintji campground, located on the Gibb River Road 220km east of Derby, was our first site completed in 2016. It now features 30 campsites. In May 2017, together with the Imintji community we won a Planning Institute Australia national planning award for community engagement and consultation, for the project.
  • The Mimbi community completed its campground in June 2017, with 15 camping sites for self-drive travellers. The campground expanded in 2018 to cater for tour and special interest groups.
  • We extended the project to the Pilbara, with a campground at the 220,000ha Aboriginal-owned pastoral Peedamulla Station, 70km outside of Onslow. The nature-based campground opened in 2018.
  • In 2019, a small campground was completed at the remote community of Violet Valley, 43km out of Warmun.  It currently features 14 campsites.
  • A caravan park and campground adjacent to the Doon Doon roadhouse was completed in 2019.  This facility is owned by the nearby Woolah community, which sees long term opportunities from offering cultural interpretation and tag along tours on the adjoining Doon Doon station.
View a video of the Camping with Custodians initiative below.


Last Reviewed: 2021-11-26