UVP Ts & Cs & Visitor Code of Conduct

UUNGUU

Uunguu Visitor Pass Standard Terms and Conditions  

We have a communal need and cultural responsibility to manage and look after our Country in the way of our Wanjina Wunggurr Law. Please leave Wunambal Gaambera Country healthy and Wunambal Gaambera People in good spirit.

You acknowledge and agree that:

  • Your Uunguu Visitor Pass (UVP), issued by the Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation ICN3154 (”WGAC”), is not transferable in any circumstance to any other person, will not be refunded or any portion held in credit for later use.
  • Your UVP provides Wunambal Gaambera people’s consent to visit ONLY the approved Visitor Locations within the Zone stated on the UVP: all places in Wunambal Gaambera Country other than Visitor Locations are not open to Visitors. You will need to obtain a transit permit from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage for entry to Aboriginal Reserves 24705, 30643 and 23079.
  • You are only permitted to stay on Wunambal Gaambera Country for the period stated on the UVP.         
  • You must produce or display for inspection your UVP to an Uunguu Ranger if requested.
  • If you are a tour operator you must be registered, hold the required number of UVPs for your transport unit and in addition, comply with the Uunguu Tour Operator Terms and Conditions.
  • Wunambal Gaambera Country is a remote natural environment with unpredictable conditions and you acknowledge and agree that your entry and stay on Wunambal Gaambera Country is entirely at your own risk.
  • Camping is only permitted in the Ngauwudu Zone at Munurru and Mertens Creek Camp Grounds. Additional fees apply for camping.
  • Camp fires are only permitted at designated fireplaces within the Munurru and Mertens Creek Camp-Grounds.
  • Fire restrictions apply on high fire danger days or as instructed by the duty Ranger.
  • WGAC conducts aerial and ground burning 
  • You can only collect firewood from sign-posted areas.
  • You must take your rubbish with you. In the Ngauwudu (Mitchel Plateau) Road Zone, there is a disposal point opposite the Drysdale River Station turnoff.
  • You must not wash with soaps or detergents in freshwater streams or waterholes.
  • Bury human waste at least 100 metres from any watercourse.
  • You are not to bring any firearm or hunting weapon such as a cross-bow onto Wunambal Gaambera Country.
  • You are not to bring any animal (including pet or domesticated animal) or plant specimen onto Wunambal Gaambera Country.
  • You are not to take or collect any living or dead plant or animal specimens from Wunambal Gaambera Country.
  • You are not to swim in the pools of Punamii-Uunpuu (Mitchell Falls). Swimming in the Mitchell River above the Falls is permitted. 
  • You are not to touch any rock art, artefact or human skeletal remains and if in a confined space at a rock art site not to wear a backpack, bag or carry any solid item such as a camera tripod or walking stick that may brush against a painting.
  • You are not to approach any burial place (burial places may be identified by heaped stones, a rock shelter or an enclosed fenced site).
  • You are not permitted to take photographs, film or reproduce images in any media form for commercial or academic purposes or media sharing platforms (including social media) without first obtaining written permission from WGAC.
  • You must stay on Visitor Location access tracks and keep within 200 metres of a Visitor Location.
  • WGAC reserves the right to cancel a UVP for breach of Terms and Conditions. Such persons are no longer welcome and must immediately vacate Wunambal Gaambera Country.              

General Warnings for accessing and visiting Wunambal Gaambera Country

ACCESSING VISITOR LOCATIONS

  • Always wear stout enclosed footwear and a hat.
  • Carry sufficient water for your return journey.
  • No swimming in saltwater or estuarine areas or freshwater streams near the coast.
  • Wild animals live in this Country – salt water crocodiles can locate to inland streams.
  • Beware of stray cattle.
  • There are risks of rock falls and loose surfaces – do not approach cliff or gorge edges.

CAMPING BUT NO OTHER SERVICES

  • Drinking water is from natural sources – availability and water quality not predictable.
  • Please take your rubbish with you – there is a disposal point opposite the Drysdale River Station turnoff.
  • No medical, food, fuel or mechanical repair facilities are available.
  • Vehicle tracks off the Port Warrender Road are not regularly maintained and may be impassable – tides can cut off access to and from beaches and saltpans and may endanger life.
  • No public, mobile phone or internet access, or WiFi facilities.

FIRE RISK

  • WGAC conducts aerial and on-ground early dry season burning from April to June each year to reduce wildfire damage and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Visitors must heed fire operations notices and avoid fire operations areas during this period.  
  • Find out more about our annual Fire Season here.        

BUSHWALKING

  • Bushwalking Corridors are closed during the period 1 November to 30 June due to aerial and on-ground early dry season burning: no Bushwalking UVPs will be issued for this period. Bushwalking Corridors are open from 1 July to 31 October each year.
  • You must carry and be able to operate a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) and satellite phone and carry spare batteries.
  • For safety reasons, do not walk alone.
  • You must possess adequate first-aid knowledge and carry a comprehensive first-aid kit.
  • You must obtain adequate insurance in the event of a helicopter rescue. At the time of booking your Bushwalker Uunguu Visitor Pass, please submit a copy of your insurance to infouvp@wunambalgaambera.org.au  
  • If the fire danger is high or high winds prevail, do not light a campfire.
  • If conditions permit a campfire, clear an area of 3 metres around the fire; keep it small; extinguish with water, then bury with sand.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended.
  • Carry sufficient food and water for your route; no soaps or detergents in watercourses and bury human waste 100m from watercourse.
  • You must register at a Ranger Station before and after your walk (Munurru (King Edward River Campground) and Mertens). 

COVID SAFETY

Following the ease of public health and social measures, Wunambal Gaambera Traditional Owners along with Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation (WGAC) will no longer be asking for proof of COVID vaccination upon entry to Wunambal Gaambera Country and when purchasing an Uunguu Visitor Pass (UVP).

Our priority is to keep our people and our country healthy. We strongly recommend all visitors are vaccinated. We ask that any unvaccinated visitors who are engaging with Traditional Owners at any of our Visitor Locations, on a guided tour or in a vehicle, to please wear a mask.

If travelling with a tour operator by air, boat or land, please adhere to their COVID safe policies. ONLY

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