The Karlamilyi (formerly Rudall River) National Park is WA’s largest and most remote national park. Due to the risk to remote Aboriginal communities from COVID-19, in accordance with the Remote Aboriginal Communities Direction notice and the Western Deserts Lands Aboriginal Corporation (WDLAC) notice has closed access to Martu land. Accordingly, public access to Karlamilyi National Park will not be possible. DBCA on behalf of the WDLAC request that all travel plans to Karlamilyi National Park are cancelled until further notice.
Rich in aboriginal culture and with an abundance of wildlife, it is located amid lands between the Great Sandy Desert and Little Sandy Desert. Rugged beauty is a feature of this park which incorporates desert dunes, salt lakes and mountain ranges. Karlamilyi National Park is accessible by 4WD over rough and unmaintained roads. There are no facilities at the park. Visitors need to be confident and capable of navigation and driving in remote locations. Access from Newman is via Walgun and Billinnooka along the Talawana Track to the park turnoff. Alternatively you can access from the north of the park via Marble Bar along the Ripon Hills Road and Telfer Mine Road.
Martu Aboriginal people continue their long association with this country. There are two communities within the park – Punmu and Parnngurr. Both have limited shop and fuel facilities.