Karlamilyi National Park

Karlamilyi National Park
Western Australia
IUCN category II (national park)
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Karlamilyi National Park
Area12,837.06 km2 (4,956.4 sq mi)[1]
Managing authoritiesParks and Wildlife Service
WebsiteKarlamilyi National Park
See alsoList of protected areas of
Western Australia

Karlamilyi National Park (Rudall River National Park until 2008) is a national park in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, 250 kilometres (160 mi) northeast of Newman and 1,250 kilometres (780 mi) north-northeast of Perth. Gazetted in May 1977,[2] it is the second largest national park in Australia and one of the largest in the world.

The area was traditionally Martu country, called Karlamilyi.[3] There are two Aboriginal communities within the park: Parnngurr and Punmu.

The park is situated between the Little Sandy Desert and the Great Sandy Desert[4] and includes the catchment area of the Rudall River. It is best accessed from the Rudall River Road which connects the Talawana Track in the south, and the Telfer Mine Road in the north.

Rudall River was originally named by Frank Hann who was one of the first Europeans to explore the area. He named the river after another explorer and surveyor, William Frederick Rudall.[5]

The name of the park was changed in 2008 to Karlamilyi National Park to acknowledge the traditional owners of the area.

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  1. ^ "Department of Environment and Conservation 2009–2010 Annual Report". Department of Environment and Conservation. 2010: 48. ISSN 1835-114X. Archived from the original on 11 January 2011.
  2. ^ Newman, Peter (1993). Social impact study of Western Desert Rudall River region. Institute for Science & Technology Policy, Institute of Environmental Science. p. 15. ISBN 9780869050002.
  3. ^ Western Desert Working Group; Western Australia. Dept. of Conservation and Land Management (1989), The significance of the Karlamilyi Region to the Martujarra people of the Western Desert, Dept. of Conservation and Land Management, retrieved 1 November 2012
  4. ^ "Department of the Environment WA - Refugia for Biodiversity". 2009. Archived from the original on 23 November 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  5. ^ Rudall, W. F. (William Frederick) (1982), Account of expion in search of missing members of Calvert Expion exploring party, retrieved 1 November 2012

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