The spectacular wetlands of Paruku lie on the northern edge of the Tanami and Great Sandy deserts. Tjurabalan (Sturt Creek) primarily feeds this extensive lake system. Other creeks feeding into the system are Parnkupirti and Jalywarn.
In August 2001 the High Court of Australia formally recognised the Traditional Owners of this area held native title over the land. The handover ceremony was conducted on the shores of Paruku, symbolising the significance of this place to local Aboriginal people. Traditional owners believe the system was formed when a star fell from the sky into the lake and then transformed itself into a man becoming the very first Traditional Owner of this place.
Paruku boasts an abundant supply of bush tucker including fish, freshwater mussels, goanna, bush turkey, python, frogs and bush tomatoes. Paruku is renowned internationally as a bird watching site.
This is a remote area and all visitors should check current road conditions ahead of their visit.
There are three campsites for visitors within the IPA, all offering great views of the lake and spectacular desert sunsets.
There are no facilities other than bough shelters providing shade. Visitors must bring their own food, water, cooking equipment, tents, swags and toilet facilities. There is interpretive information about local customs, dreaming stories and history. The camping fee is $30 per vehicle for the first night and $10 per vehicle for each additional night. Permits are available through Halls Creek Travel and Tourism.
For further information on attractions accessible from Halls Creek view the Halls Creek Tourism and Travel Guide.
Image credit: Shire of Halls Creek.
The spectacular wetlands of Paruku lie on the northern edge of the Tanami
and Great Sandy deserts.