We recognise and acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of the parks featured on this website.
Aboriginal, or Indigenous Western Australians are descendants of generations that are known to have lived here for more than 45,000 years. There is no single Aboriginal culture. Aboriginal cultures are numerous and diverse, made up of different language and kinship groups, beliefs, practices and traditions. Common to the various cultures is a connection to 'country'. Not country in the sense of a sovereign or nation state, or of non-urban land ('town' and 'country'), but a more complex concept encompassing culture, environment, heritage and spirituality. Custodianship and the obligation to protect country is an important responsibility in Aboriginal Australian cultures.
Changes made to legislation in 2012 ensure that recognition of that importance and of the values of parks for Aboriginal Australians is recognised in park management, allow for traditional custodians to jointly manage parks with the Department of Parks and Wildlife, and for Aboriginal people to carry out customary practices in parks. Aboriginal people are entitled to concession rate camping fees at campgrounds and are not required to pay a park entry fee when entering a park for the purpose of carrying out customary activities (see Fees).
For more, search for 'Aboriginal involvement' on our main website.
Images of people now deceased
The depiction of deceased members of their communities is taboo in Aboriginal cultures. We will make every effort to ensure that only living Aboriginal people are featured on this website. Please contact us (selecting the enquiry type 'website feedback') if you know of the death of any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person depicted here.