As a result of the Burrup and Maitland Industrial Estates Agreement (BMIEA), Murujuga was declared a National Park on the 17th of January 2013, becoming the 100th National Park in Australia. The National Park consists of freehold land title in excess of 5,134ha, which is vested in MAC. This land title includes a 221ha block, known as ‘Site L’, which was handed back to MAC in July 2019 and added to the Murujuga National Park. The area of Murujuga National Park sits within the broader National Heritage Listed area which comprises the surrounding islands of the Dampier Archipelago.
Major landforms and habitats within the park include steep, rocky outcrops and hills, narrow valleys, sandy and rocky shores, mangroves, mudflats, and sea cliffs. ‘Hummock’ grasslands (triodia pungens) are predominant in the area, with a limited distribution of other ‘vegetation communities’. A number of threatened and migratory species, which are protected by WA State and Federal legislation, frequent the area.
With over one million recorded rock engravings or petroglyphs, Murujuga National Park contains the densest concentration of rock art of any area in the world. The petroglyphs of Murujuga range in age, with some dating back approximately forty thousand years. Access to some rock engraving sites within the park is restricted under Aboriginal lore and custom. The rock arts sites are also protected under the WA Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972, which sets penalties for disturbing or interfering with the sites.
Additional information about the National Park can also be found through the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions – Parks and Wildlife Service.
The first recreation site to be developed within the national park, this 700m trail is designed for universal access and features interpretive signage, viewing platforms and an elevated boardwalk following the edge of natural rock piles. Visitors are able to view an array of rock engravings, shell middens, grinding stones and other cultural artefacts, with some estimated to be more than 47,000 years old.
For more information on visiting Ngajarli please visit the DBCA website
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