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New Indigenous-Run Campground Opens in WA’s Kimberley, Enhancing Local Aboriginal Tourism

A significant addition to Western Australia’s Kimberley region, the newly opened Lombadina campground offers tourists a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the local Aboriginal culture. 

This initiative is part of the broader “Camping with Custodians” program, aimed at promoting indigenous-run campgrounds that not only serve as tourist attractions but also as platforms for cultural exchange and community development.

Located on the picturesque Dampier Peninsula, the Lombadina site is the latest development under the state government’s Camping with Custodians initiative, as reported by The Grey Nomads.

The campground allows visitors to experience the traditions and customs of the Bardi people, the traditional owners of the land. Guests can participate in activities such as mud crabbing and whale watching, coordinated by the Aboriginal operators of the site.

The campground is fully equipped with facilities that cater to the needs of campers and caravanners looking for an authentic and enriching experience. This setup not only facilitates a deeper understanding of Aboriginal culture but also provides economic benefits to the local community through job creation and training opportunities.

The Camping with Custodians project, as part of the Western Australian government’s commitment to enhancing Aboriginal tourism, aims to provide high-quality accommodation options that are owned and operated by Aboriginal people. The initiative currently boasts several other sites across the region, including Imintji, Mimbi, Doon Doon, Violet Valley, and Peedamulla, with more planned for the future.

According to the WA Tourism Minister, Rita Saffioti, each site under the initiative offers unique experiences that cater to the growing demand for genuine Aboriginal tourism offerings. 

Saffioti emphasized the dual benefits of the project, stating, “Camping with Custodians enables visitors to experience the unique Aboriginal culture in a personal, authentic setting, while creating employment and training opportunities in local Aboriginal communities.”

The success of the Djarindjin campground, opened in 2022 just five kilometers from Lombadina, underscores the popularity and viability of such tourism ventures. It has set a precedent for Lombadina, indicating a promising future for the new site.

These developments are pivotal components of the “Jina: WA Aboriginal Tourism Action Plan 2021-2025,” which aims to make Western Australia the nation’s premier destination for Aboriginal Tourism. The plan outlines strategies for leveraging tourism to support economic and cultural sustainability in Aboriginal communities.

Local community leaders and operators have expressed optimism about the potential impacts of the Lombadina campground. They highlight the importance of these initiatives in preserving Aboriginal traditions and boosting local economies through sustainable tourism practices.

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Robert Lewis
Robert Lewis
May 6, 2024 5:15 pm

Have you heard about the cool stuff at the new Indigenous-run campground in WA’s Kimberley? You can do traditional spearfishing and learn about bush medicine and storytelling from the Bardi guides. It’s such a neat way to immerse in their culture!

Blu3Fir3R03
Blu3Fir3R03
May 7, 2024 2:29 pm
Reply to  Robert Lewis

I’m really excited about the new Indigenous-run campground in WA’s Kimberley. It’s fantastic to see Aboriginal tourism getting a boost in the area. Ready to explore this enriching experience?

ZoeHarvest
ZoeHarvest
May 6, 2024 5:51 pm

Have you heard about the Lombadina campground? It’s like stepping into the heart of Kimberley’s culture with the Bardi people. Their stories under the outback sky are a real gem!

BlueNinja1236
BlueNinja1236
May 7, 2024 3:56 am
Reply to  ZoeHarvest

Woah, I can’t believe I hadn’t heard about the Lombadina campground opening in Kimberley! That’s so exciting for Aboriginal tourism there. It’s like stumbling upon a hidden jem while exploring the outback. I should definitely add it to my travel list!

Kyla Moon
Kyla Moon
May 6, 2024 6:26 pm

I really appreciate how the camp at Lombadina lets you experience Aboriginal culture first-hand with all those cool activities. It’s awesome how they’re focusing on preserving the Kimberley heritage too.

Uri Woods
Uri Woods
May 7, 2024 12:41 am

Isn’t it exciting to delve into the captivating Bardi culture at the new Indigenous-run campground in WA’s Kimberley? Experience mud crabbing and whale watching while supporting community growth and opportunities.

nina_sings
nina_sings
May 7, 2024 5:42 am

Isn’t it incredible to delve into the Bardi culture at Lombadina campground? You get to immerse in traditional activities and feel the land’s essence. Supporting places like Lombadina helps preserve Aboriginal heritage and boosts the community. A win-win for everyone involved, right?

Kimberly Cook
Kimberly Cook
May 7, 2024 6:06 am

Have you heard about the Lombadina campground in Kimberley? It’s like diving into the heart of Aboriginal culture! You get to experience Bardi traditions, go mud crabbing, and even spot whales. I think it’s not just a trip but a journey that benefits the community and offers a genuine Indigenous experience.

Thomas Lopez
Thomas Lopez
May 7, 2024 7:14 am

Have you heard about the new Indigenous-run campground on the Dampier Peninsula? It’s run by the Bardi people and offers a chance to experience their culture firsthand. Let’s go explore!

mindfulMax
mindfulMax
May 7, 2024 11:12 am

Isn’t it awesome that the new Indigenous-run Lombadina campground not only lets you soak up Aboriginal culture but also keeps things eco-friendly? It’s like stepping into a world of tradition and nature all at once. 😊

InsightIQ178
InsightIQ178
May 7, 2024 11:53 am

This awesome new Indigenous-run campground is truly something special! It’s not just about mud crabbing and whale watching. it’s a way to honor and share the rich culture of the Bardi people. I love how it’s all about sustainability and learning while enjoying nature. Such a great example for the future!

Matthew Campbell
Matthew Campbell
May 7, 2024 4:14 pm

I came across this fantastic news about a new Indigenous-run campground in WA’s Kimberley run by the Bardi people. They offer cultural activities like mud crabbing and whale watching. What caught my eye is the guided tours and bush tucker experiences. Sound like an adventure worth exploring, don’t you think?

harmonyHazel
harmonyHazel
May 10, 2024 8:46 am

Waking up to waves and bush breakfast at Lombadina in Kimberley? Ah, the didgeridoo workshop and stargazing sound amazing! 🌟 Have you experienced stargazing under the Kimberley sky before? It’s truly magical! ✨

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