The spectacular wetlands of Paruku lie on the northern edge of the
Tanami and Great Sandy deserts. Tjurabalan (Sturt Creek) primarily
feeds this extensive lake system. Other creeks feeding into the system
are Parnkupirti and Jalywarn.
In August 2001 the High Court of Australia formally recognised the
Traditional Owners of this area held native title over the land.
The handover ceremony was conducted on the shores of Paruku,
symbolising the significance of this place to local Aboriginal people.
Traditional owners believe the system was formed when a star fell from
the sky into the lake and then transformed itself into a man becoming
the very first Traditional Owner of this place.
Paruku boasts an abundant supply of bush tucker including fish,
freshwater mussels, goanna, bush turkey, python, frogs and bush
Paruku is renowned internationally as a bird watching site.
Sections of the Canning Stock Route from Well 51 up to Billiluna lie
within the boundaries of the Indigenous Protected Area (IPA).
Permits are required to access Paruku IPA. These may be purchased in
advance of your visit. Telephone 08 91688259 or email
Wade.firstname.lastname@example.org Permits may also be purchased from IPA offices
at Mulan and Billiluna.