Southern Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands landscape

The Southern Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands are one of nine distinct landscapes in the Alinytjara Wilurara natural resources management region. This landscape is the northern part of the Great Victoria Desert. It is made up of two Indigenous Protected Areas, Walalkara and Watarru, that are home to Aboriginal communities and are managed using traditional knowledge and authority for conservation. Water is scarce in this area, with no permanent surface water.

Key characteristics

  • The remote areas of Walalkara and Watarru are a virtually undisturbed wilderness with few, if any, tracks
  • Arid and semi arid grasslands, shrub lands and woodlands along with salt lakes
  • Many threatened, rare and endangered native plant and animal species

Native plants and animals

  • Many threatened bird species, including birds of prey, bustards, Western bowerbirds, princess parrots, scarlet chested parrots, small insect- and grass-eating birds, and ground-dwelling birds
  • Reptiles including the great desert skink
  • Mammals including the hairy-footed dunnart and marsupial mole
  • Threatened plant species, including several small shrubs and the bloodwood tree

Visiting

Access to this region requires a pass or permit. There is no access for the general public to the APY Lands, and no transit permits are allowed. Visitors should also be aware that there are safety issues specific to the region.

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