Staying on Country

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When visiting Bunuba country you are experiencing more than just our land. As you move through country you are travelling though our culture, through out art, through our history. Culture begins with the people, so as we welcome you to Bunuba country, we welcome you as respectful and mindful guests.

Bunuba Country (Rhys Swain)

Country

Our muwayi or our Country is what defines us. We are not separate to our landscape. Where you may see plants, birds, animals & rocks, we see a living tapestry of customs, stories, kinship, family, and culture. By respecting Country, you are respecting everything that Bunuba represents. For that reason, we ask that you do not stray from marked paths, trails, and roads, even if you do see a well-defined track. Bunuba muwayi is filled with significant places and cultural protocols instruct that you do not venture off alone. Our Traditional Owners and Rangers have carefully designed all the trails and spaces for you to visit to ensure you experience the best that Bunuba Country has to offer.

Bandlingan (Rift photography/Wesfarmers)

People

Our request that you remain on the tracks is intended to keep you safe from any form of injury or harm. For that reason, we also recommend that you dress appropriately for our rough terrain and harsh sun. It is important to us that you take care on our country and that your visit is filled with good memories.

We also hope that you extend the same respect and courtesy to us. Like anywhere in the world you may travel, there are local differences of which we would like you to be aware. Please do not take photos of people without their permission, particularly our children. When you meet people and they may drop their gaze, understand this as a sign of respect. In our practice, too much direct eye contact can be perceived as a threat. When you are having a yarn to one of our countrywomen or men, it’s not really appropriate to ask too many questions. Just follow our lead – we learn by listening, watching and observing. And if one of your questions is met with silence, know this as an answer in itself. It doesn’t mean we haven’t understood, it just means that for whatever reason we can’t answer that right now

But don’t let any of this daunt you, a big wide smile and a cheery good morning or good afternoon works just the same here as it does anywhere else. If you really want to get a conversation up and going, there’s always AFL – we even talk to Collingwood supporters.

At the end of the day, be patient here on Bunuba Country and leave your expectations behind. This will be the experience of your lifetime, especially if you allow us to show you our Country our way.

Quiet campsite Bandlingan

Camping

On-country camping is available at Bandilngan (Windjana Gorge). Located along the Fairfield-Leopold Downs Road, Bandilngan sits 145km east of Derby and 149kms north-west of Fitzroy Crossing. There are two main sections in these campgrounds – quiet camping or generator use. There are no powered sites available here. Toilets, hot showers and wood BBQs are all here to be shared. Bandilngan is typically open from May to November, depending on weather. Advance bookings can be made for the campgrounds from June through October. Make sure that you check road conditions before beginning your trip. Please see Camping at Bandilngan for more details.

There is no free or bush camping on Bunuba Country. Please respect our culture and our muwayi by staying only in designated campgrounds or accommodation facilities.

Other Accommodation

Fitzroy Crossing provides a number of accommodation options. The Fitzroy River Lodge offers units, motel rooms, safari tents and campgrounds. And at the Crossing Inn there is a choice of motel, family and workers rooms, as well as the campgrounds.

Derby and Broome are our next closest towns, and both have a wide range of accommodation choices. If you are heading over to the east, both the Gibb River Road and townships along the Great Northern Highway offer a variety of choices to match each budget and experience.

Title image: Camping Yajilarra Festival (Rift Photography/Wesfarmers)