Indigenous Communities

and the Environment

Yanyuwa IPA, Northern Territory | Yanyuwa IPA

Declared Indigenous Protected Areas in the Northern Territory


Angas Downs Indigenous Protected Area


Angas Downs Indigenous Protected Area stretches across more than 320,000 hectares of Australia's Red Centre, where the hot, arid sand plains reveal an incredibly rich biodiversity.

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Anindilyakwa Indigenous Protected Area


Spreading across the Groote Eyland Archipelago in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Anindilyakwa covers around 3,000 square kilometres of land surrounded by another 7,000 square kilometres of sea country. Anindilyakwa strikes a balance between protecting the land for conservation purposes and allowing for sustainable economic development and traditional resource use.

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Dhimurru Indigenous Protected Area


Dhimurru covers over 920 square kilometres of coastline and hinterland country on the western edge of the Gulf of Carpentaria, forming part of the wider traditional lands of the Yolngu people. Sandy beaches, rocky coastal islands, spreading mangroves and ancient dune systems are found along Dhimurru's coasts.

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Djelk Indigenous Protected Area


The Djelk Indigenous Protected Area covers more than 673,200 hectares of land and sea country, from the central Arnhem Land plateau to the Arafuran Sea. The area straddles coastal and sub-coastal landscapes from islands to estuaries, rivers and international renowned wetlands, monsoon rainforests to tropical savannas.

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Laynhapuy Indigenous Protected Area


Located in north-east Arnhem Land, Laynhapuy's natural environment and rare plants and animals are virtually intact. Laynhapuy's 6,900 square kilometres protects internationally significant wetlands and coastal landforms and its sea country is home to endangered turtles and dugong.

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Marri-Jabin | Stage one of the Thamarrurr Indigenous Protected Area


Marri-Jabin was declared in October 2010, as the first stage of the Thamarrurr Indigenous Protected Area (IPA). Located 150 kilometres south-west of Darwin, it covers more than 712 square kilometres and includes parts of the of the Moyle and Little Moyle River floodplains and nearby coastal areas.

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Northern Tanami Indigenous Protected Area

Northern Tanami

Where the desert meets sub-tropical savannah, the plains and wetlands of the Northern Tanami are teeming with life. Covering around 40,000 square kilometres of the northern Tanami Desert this vast Indigenous Protected Area is managed from the small community Lajamanu in the Northern Territory, around 900 kilometres south of Darwin.

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Southern Tanami Indigenous Protected Area

Yinapaka (Lake Surprise), Southern Tanami IPA | Courtesy of Central Land Council

In the heartland of Warlpiri country, the traditional owners have dedicated Australia's largest Indigenous Protected Area. At 10.16 million hectares, the Southern Tanami IPA is bigger than Tasmania and the largest protected area on Australian land.

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Warddeken Indigenous Protected Area

Northern Tanami

Adjoining Kakadu National Park, Warddeken Indigenous Protected Area covers an impressive 1,394,951 hectares of spectacular stone and gorge country on the western Arnhem Land plateau. The area is home to dozens of endemic plants, a host of threatened species and possibly a newly discovered and unique ecological community - sandstone heathlands.

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Yanyuwa Indigenous Protected Area

Yanyuwa IPA

The heart of Gulf of Carpentaria country - from ancient land running alongside the magnificent McArthur River to five stunning Sir Edward Pellew islands - will be protected for future generations thanks to the declaration of the Yanyuwa Indigenous Protected Area.

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