Karlamilyi National Park

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Karlamilyi National Park
Western Australia
IUCN category II (national park)
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Karlamilyi National Park
Established 1977
Area 12,837.06 km2 (4,956.4 sq mi)[1]
Managing authorities Department of Parks and Wildlife
Website Karlamilyi National Park
See also List of protected areas of
Western Australia

Karlamilyi National Park (formerly Rudall River National Park) is a national park in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (Australia), 1,252 kilometres (778 mi) northeast of Perth. It is the second largest national park in Australia and one of the largest in the world.

The area was traditionally Martu country, which they call Karlamilyi.[2] There are two Aboriginal communities within the park: Parnngurr and Punmu.

The park is situated between the Little Sandy Desert and the Great Sandy Desert[3] and includes the catchment area of the Rudall River. It is best accessed from the Rudall River Road which connects the Talawana Track in the south, and the Telfer Mine Road in the north.

Rudall River was originally named by Frank Hann who was one of the first Europeans to explore the area. He named the river after another explorer and surveyor, William Frederick Rudall.[4]

The name of the park was changed in 2008 to Karlamilyi National Park to acknowledge the traditional owners of the area.

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  1. ^ "Department of Environment and Conservation 2009–2010 Annual Report". Department of Environment and Conservation. 2010: 48. ISSN 1835-114X. Archived from the original on 11 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Western Desert Working Group; Western Australia. Dept. of Conservation and Land Management (1989), The significance of the Karlamilyi Region to the Martujarra people of the Western Desert, Dept. of Conservation and Land Management, retrieved 1 November 2012 
  3. ^ "Department of the Environment WA - Refugia for Biodiversity". 2009. Archived from the original on 23 November 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Rudall, W. F. (William Frederick) (1982), Account of expedition in search of missing members of Calvert Expedition exploring party, retrieved 1 November 2012 

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