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Kunawarritji Community, Western Australia

Coordinates: 22.299°0′S 124.721°0′E / 22.299°S 124.721°E / -22.299; 124.721
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Kunawarritji is located in Western Australia
Coordinates22.299°0′S 124.721°0′E / 22.299°S 124.721°E / -22.299; 124.721
Location530 km (329 mi) south east of Marble Bar
LGA(s)Shire of East Pilbara

Kunawarritji (also referred to as Well 33) is an Aboriginal community, located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, within the Shire of East Pilbara on the Canning Stock Route.[2]



The Kunawarritji settlement (5 kilometres north-west of Well 33) was established in the early 1980s by a group of Martu people from Punmu. The current population is made up primarily of Martu people, consisting of approximately 115 people. As the community is of cultural significance to all Martu people in the western desert, the population can increase up to 1000 during cultural business.

Punmu and Parnngurr are the other large Western Desert communities situated 165 km and 230 km west of Kunawarritji respectively. The Kunawarritji community frequently interacts with these and other communities in the area.

Fuel (diesel and Opal) and a wide range of supplies are available from the store.

Native title


The community is covered by the determined Martu native title claim area (WC 96/78). A prescribed body corporate named the Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation was registered for the Martu land on 17 July 2003.[3] Future development at the community requires the authorisation of the prescribed body corporate.



The community is managed by its incorporated body, the Kunawarritji Aboriginal Corporation, incorporated under the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976 on 30 May 1995.[4]

Town planning


Kunawarritji layout plan No.1 was endorsed by the community and Western Australian Planning Commission in 2004.[5]


  1. ^ "Kunawarritji". indigenous.gov.au. Retrieved 5 June 2022.
  2. ^ Hema, Maps (2005). Australia’s Great Desert Tracks NW Sheet (Map). Eight Mile Plains Queensland: Hema Maps. ISBN 978-1-86500-159-3.
  3. ^ "Native Title Claimant application summary". Archived from the original on 6 May 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  4. ^ Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations
  5. ^ "Layout plans". Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. 20 February 2020. Retrieved 10 February 2021.