Kimberley Marine Park
Kimberley Marine Park is a hotspot for marine mammals such as dolphins, whales and dugong.
The humpback whale breeds and calves in the Kimberley Marine Park each year after undertaking an extensive migration from Antarctica.
Three dolphin species use the Kimberley Marine Park to feed and travel to coastal waters where they give birth and raise their young. They are the:
- Australian snubfin dolphin
- Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin
- spotted bottlenose dolphin.
The marine park surrounds Adele Island, a remote and beautiful island in Western Australia. Many of the seabirds and shorebirds that breed on the island also forage in the marine park, including critically endangered eastern curlews and curlew sandpipers.
Sea country of the Wunambal Gaambera, Dambimangari, Bardi Jawi and Nyul Nyul peoples extends into Kimberley Marine Park.
The marine park is about 100 kilometres north of Broome, Western Australia, and the central part of the marine park is adjacent to the Western Australian Lalang-garram/Camden Sound State Marine Park.
It covers 74,469 square kilometres, with depths from less than 15 metres to 800 metres.
It has National Park, Habitat Protection, and Multiple Use zones.
For a nature-filled, culturally rich experience, enjoy a stay at Kooljaman, the award-winning Indigenous resort at Cape Levaque overlooking the marine park.
The Wunambal Gaambera, Dambimangari, Bardi Jawi and Nyul Nyul people have an unbroken connection to their sea country. This includes a deep spiritual connection through Wunggurr (creator snakes) that still live in the sea.
Staple foods of living cultural value include:
- saltwater fish
Access to sea country by families is important for:
- cultural traditions
- future socio-economic development opportunities.
Click on the map below to see what you can do in the Kimberley Marine Park.
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