Islands of the Kimberley (Western Australia)

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There are over 2,500 islands lying off the coast of the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

The islands along the coast can be identified from the Western Australia - Northern Territory border in the east, to the northern most islands, north of Cape Londonderry, and west to just north of Broome.

North-West Kimberley Islands 1970s survey[edit]

In 1971, 1972, 1973 a series of biological surveys were carried out [1]

1971 visit[edit]

The list is in the order of visits in August 1971.

  • Middle Osborn
  • Fenelon
  • Borda
  • South West Osborn
  • Low rocks
  • Sir Graham Moore
  • Louis
  • North Eclipse
  • Augustus
  • Darcy
  • Champagny
  • Uwins
  • Commerson
  • Coronation
  • Bigge

Kimberley Islands Biological Survey[edit]

A biological survey of 22 of the islands was conducted between December 2006 and December 2010[2] by the Department of Environment and Conservation, traditional owners, the Australian Museum and the Western Australian Museum.[3][4]

The partnership with the Kimberley Land Council is important as the islands sampled in this survey are covered by five native title claim groups: Balanggarra, Uunguu, Dambimangari, Mayala and Bardi-Jawi. Traditional Owners have strong management rights to the islands through native title and Aboriginal Reserve tenure.[5]