Mitchell River National Park (Western Australia)
|Mitchell River National Park|
|Area||115,325 ha (284,970 acres)|
|Governing body||Department of Environment and Conservation|
Mitchell River National Park is a national park in the Kimberley region of Western Australia (Australia), 2,140 kilometres (1,330 mi) northeast of Perth. The park adjoins the northern boundary of the Prince Regent Nature Reserve. The nearest towns are Derby which is 350 kilometres (217 mi) to the southwest and Wyndham which is 270 km (168 mi) to the southeast. Access to the park is achieved by 4WD only along the Mitchell Plateau Track from the Kalumburu Road. The two main features of the park are Mitchell Falls and Surveyors Pool.
The park is biologically significant and contains over 50 species of mammal, 220 birds and 86 amphibians and reptiles, including the Saltwater Crocodile, King Brown snake and Taipan. The park is part of the Prince Regent and Mitchell River Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because of its importance for a range of bird species, especially those retricted to tropical savanna habitats.
History and management
The park is located within the Ngauwudu Management Area. The park was formed in 2000 without the consent of the traditional owners or following proper procedure under the Native Title Act. It seems that Native Title has not been determined yet over this area, which falls into the Wanjina Wunggurr Uungguu but on adjacent country. The Department of Environment and Conservation is in a cooperative management arrangement with the Kandijwal Community. Three groups of Aboriginal people have traditional lands within the National Park; Worrora, Wunambal-Gaambera and Ngarinyin.
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