Watarru Indigenous Protected Area
South Australia
Watarru Indigenous Protected Area is located in South Australia
Watarru Indigenous Protected Area
Watarru Indigenous Protected Area
Nearest town or cityWatarru
Coordinates27°30′S 129°30′E / 27.500°S 129.500°E / -27.500; 129.500Coordinates: 27°30′S 129°30′E / 27.500°S 129.500°E / -27.500; 129.500[1]
Established16 June 2000[1]
Area13,925.23 km2 (5,376.6 sq mi)
Managing authoritiesAṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Management
WebsiteWatarru Indigenous Protected Area
See alsoProtected areas of South Australia

The Watarru Indigenous Protected Area is an Indigenous Protected Area in the north west corner of South Australia.[2] It covers an area of 13,925 square kilometres (5,376 square miles) in the Great Victoria Desert. It is the traditional land of the Pitjantjatjara, Ngaanyatjarra and Yankunytjatjara peoples.[2]

The area was made an Indigenous Protected Area in June 2000.[2] It is managed by the Watarru community according to their traditional laws and practices, known as Tjukurpa. The environment has not been damaged by cattle grazing or other farming practices. The Anangu are working with scientists to develop ways of dealing with feral animals including cats, foxes and camels.[2] It is classified as an IUCN Category II protected area.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Terrestrial Protected Areas of South Australia (see 'DETAIL' tab)". CAPAD 2012. Australian Government - Department of the Environment. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "Walalkara and Watarru Indigenous Protected Areas". environment.gov.au. 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013.