Parnngurr Community

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Western Australia
Population129 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation400 m (1,312 ft)
Location370 km (230 mi) east of Newman, Western Australia
LGA(s)Shire of East Pilbara
State electorate(s)Pilbara
Federal Division(s)Durack

Parnngurr is a medium-sized Aboriginal community, located 370 km from Newman in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia, within the Shire of East Pilbara. Parnngurr was originally known as Cotton Creek, the name of the ephemeral creek that runs beside the community.

Local Area[edit]

The community sits within Karlamilyi National Park. The park is the largest in the state, and one of the most rugged and remote in Australia, and visitors should come well prepared and expect minimal facilities outside of Parnngurr. The popular Desert Queen Baths lie about a half day's drive away along the Rudall River track; also in the area is Kalkan Kalkan soak, Hanging Rock, Parnngurr Hill and Parnngurr Rock Hole, as well as numerous bluffs, caves, creeks and bush tracks for the adventurous.


The community shop provides residents and visitors with fuel, food, cold drinks, some camping and vehicle gear, and fresh fruit and vegetables. Fuel supply is reliable and many visitors to the Canning Stock Route and Karlamilyi National Park stop in Parnngurr to refuel and pick up supplies. Staff and residents are very knowledgeable about the area and are happy to provide advice on road conditions and places to visit. The community also supplies emergency medical facilities, accommodation, caravan parking and laundry. Although permits are not required to visit Parnngurr, it should be noted that it is a dry community, meaning that drugs and alcohol are not allowed.

Native title[edit]

The community is located within the Determined Martu (WG6110/98) Native Title claim area.


Children of school age at Parnngurr attend the Parnngurr Community School. 2017 second semester enrolment was 34, from Year 1 to Year 10.[3]


The community is managed through its incorporated body, Parnngurr Aboriginal Corporation, incorporated under the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976 on 6 December 1989.

Town planning[edit]

Parnngurr Layout Plan No.2 has been prepared in accordance with State Planning Policy 3.2 Aboriginal Settlements. Layout Plan No.2 was endorsed by the community on 18 April 2007 and the WAPC on 4 December 2007.[4]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Parnngurr (ILOC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 March 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Cotton, John (1989). "Legal issues affecting management of the Karlamilyi (Rudall River) Region" (pdf). DBCA Library. East Perth, WA: Aboriginal Legal Service. p. 53. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Alphabetical List of Western Australian Schools" (pdf). Department of Education. Perth, WA: Government of Western Australia. 18 March 2018. p. 26. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Parnngurr (Cotton Creek)". Western Australian Planning Commission. Perth, WA. Retrieved 19 May 2017.

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Coordinates: 22°49′01″S 122°35′52″E / 22.81694°S 122.59778°E / -22.81694; 122.59778