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The Canning Stock Route runs through 4 determined native title areas - Tjurabalan, Ngurrara, Martu and Birriliburu - and through the area around Wiluna.

Punmu Community

Getting to know Punmu

Aerial photo of Punmu Community
Punmu is situated in the very heart of Western Australia, 1310km northeast of Perth, in the Rudall River National Park. It is one of the most remote communities in Australia.

The township is located on the most eastern edge of Lake Dora, a giant dry salt lake which reflects some of the most spectacular desert sunsets. It’s accessible location, amenities and stunning natural sites make it an ideal stopover for travellers touring the Canning Stock Route.

The Punmu Aboriginal Community was established in 1981 and has developed consistently since that time. New houses have been built, a new store’s come up, there’s a community office, a school and a mechanic’s workshop, not to mention a dedicated tourist precinct with powered camping and caravan sites, and self-contained dongas with communal kitchen and laundry.

Wildflowers and Spinifex

The community has a population of approximately 180 people, most of whom speak Manyjiljarra as a first language.

Two of the main reasons the Martu people live out in the middle of the desert are to return to their traditional land, and to keep the community as a whole, away from influences such as alcohol, petrol sniffing and drugs. Any person caught bringing any of these substances into the community receives harsh penalties from the elders.

 

 

swimming in the lake at sunset