One of the principal tasks landowners have set for Dhimurru is to implement and manage a permit system enabling people to have access to popular recreational areas on Aboriginal land whilst ensuring that landowners requirements are met. To fulfil this objective Dhimurru has been delegated authority to issue permits from the Northern Land Council pursuant to the Northern Territory Aboriginal Land Act 1978. A new agreement which sets the scene for the next 20 years, was signed in 2020 between the Dhimurru Board, the Northern Land Council and Land Trust.
Anyone wanting to visit our Recreation Areas must obtain a VISITOR ACCESS PERMIT from Dhimurru before they go. There are also some recreation areas that are designated "Camping Only" as shown on the map below. To visit any of the "camping only" areas you must have a valid camping permit for each person for the day that you are planning to visit.
If you are planning to stay the night in one of our Recreation Areas, you must have a valid VISITOR ACCESS PERMIT and purchase a CAMPING PERMIT before you go. You can arrive at the camp site you have booked at 1 pm and you should vacate the site by 11 am the next day. Please be respectful of others using the sites by setting up at the site you have booked and making sure that you arrive and depart at the allocated times.
Landowners retain the right to close areas from time to time for ceremonial or management purposes. Dhimurru will make every effort to ensure adequate notification of such events is provided.
Permit charges are levied as a payment for entry, they are not a payment for services. All payments are non transferable,non refundable. All payments are in Australian Dollars.
Landowners contribute to Dhimurru by allowing some of the permit revenue to be put back into the operations of the organisation to assist in the management of recreation areas and for the first time in 2020, they have agreed that a small portion be returned to Yolŋu landowners on whose land visitors enter and stay.
Permit revenue does not cover Dhimurru's operating costs. We rely heavily on sponsors to fund projects and operations. Major sponsors include:the National Indigenous Australians Agency, the Ranger Grants program funded by the Northern Territory Government, Rio Tinto Gove Operations, the Cotton On Foundation and many more.