Visiting Murujuga – the Burrup

Visiting the Burrup Peninsula and archipelago is a unique experience.

At the moment, visitors have unfettered access to all areas of the site, and there have been several cases of vandalism and graffiti recorded. It is an offence under the Aboriginal Heritage Act, which can lead to convictions, fines, and imprisonment.

The Burrup offers staggering evidence of ancient socio cultural history, geographical and marine environmental visuals with spectacles of nature with conservation & heritage elements together with massive man-made landforms and the modern mining and associated industry development in the one space. We ask all visitors and friends to respect the history of the site, report any sightings of damage, but at the same time marvel in the images recorded by the original inhabitants from up to 30,000 years ago.

The Murujuga Rangers have a database identifying as many as thirty sites which have been vandalised. Since 2014, the Murujuga Rangers started removing graffiti with a grant from Aboriginal Affairs which purchased equipment and training to manage this ongoing issue.

The rugged terrain has made it a favourable physical challenge for the likes of four wheel driver enthusiasts who go make tracks in prohibited areas and access isolated places. Some on the coast where conservation measures are in place are also affected. Many of the public are unaware of the significance of cultural and sacred sites and the high value it holds for indigenous people of Murujuga. Some of these sites are forbidden and have consequences for trespassers. The development of the Murujuga General Cultural Protocols & Murujuga Research Protocols, click here for the first of a series of guidelines aimed at managing cultural safety and respect for country and a significant prerequisite for going on country.

The Murujuga Cultural Management Plan was finalised in December 2015 and in the process of publication. This vibrant document (CMP) is the result of extensive consultation between the Murujuga Circle of Elders, MAC Rangers, and various experts (cultural archaeologists, landscape architects, anthropologists, scientists, GIS Data Management Archaeologist) on a collective vision, objectives, and plans for managing Country, (land and sea) from the cultural perspective of Ngarda-Ngarli (Aboriginal people).

Its overall purpose is to enhance cultural awareness, knowledge and strengthen resources for managing Country. The CMP offers a comprehensive two years’ worth of consultation on country, with input, and knowledge from the Ngarda-Ngarli from their viewpoint. It is knowledge that has been passed down countless generations.

We want to share our story and our Wangka (talk) with you. It is a story that reaches back thousands of generations, and stretches forward into the future. It is a story about our land and our people. It tells of the endless fight that has kept us standing strong and caring for our Country today.

Through this book, the voice of Ngarda-Ngarli will be heard and our Elders share their vision for this Country.

Our Vision is: All Murujuga Land and Sea Country will be forever cared for under the leadership of Ngarda-Ngarli, as it has been for thousands of generations.

We made this book for young Ngarda-Ngarli, who is following in our footsteps and who will one day be strong leaders, like us. It is for the Murujuga Rangers, to help them continue in their work

of caring for Murujuga Land and Sea Country.” (CMP 2015)

Ngayintharri Gumawarni Ngurragnka “ means “We come together for Country