The Murujuga National Park National Heritage Area

Murujuga was declared a National Park in 2013. The freehold title underlying the Park is vested in Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation. The Park covers the Northern Burrup Peninsula, a unique environment covered by the densest concentration of rock art in the world.

The Park is jointly managed between the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation, the Department of Parks and Wildlife, and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs. The Rangers of Murujuga Land and Sea Unit conduct the practical management of the Park and the surrounding sea country and islands along with Department of Parks and Wildlife staff. The Park is managed according to the Murujuga National Park Management Plan – 2013.

In the future, visitors to the Park will be able to enjoy the park through the Murujuga Living Knowledge Centre, a multi purpose centre that will serve as a base for the Rangers and Cultural Tourism Activities, provide café facilities, meeting facilities and displays that help visitors interpret the history of the rock art, which dates back thousands of years – to a time when Murujuga was not a coastal peninsula, but rather a set of hills on the plain more than 100km inland.

The rock art charts the change in the environment as the sea levels rose dramatically after the last ice age. They are the story of human adaption, as Aboriginal people lived through amazing changes in their environment through deep time.

The area of Murujuga National Park sits within the broader National Heritage Listed Area, which takes in the surrounding islands of the Dampier Archipelago, and the sea country.

The Park contains many sites with very important cultural values. Access to some of the sites is restricted under Aboriginal lore and custom. Many of the sites are also protected under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972, which sets penalties for disturbing or interfering with sites. For these reasons, access to many places is subject to cultural protocols. The Rangers work according to a methodology that embraces cultural safety. This involves welcoming visitors to the country and providing advice and guidance about how to enjoy Murujuga without interfering with the cultural values of the place.

More information about the Park can be found through the Department of Parks and Wildlife website.