Kimberley Ranger Forum 2017 

The Kimberley Ranger Forum 2017 is set to be one of the major events of the year for Indigenous rangers working in the far north-west of Australia.

This year the forum will be bigger than ever, with 50 Indigenous ranger groups from Western Australia, as well as the Northern Territory and north Queensland set to attend.

Hosted by the Kimberly Land Council, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, the forum is an opportunity for rangers to learn new skills, meet new faces and celebrate what it means to be an Indigenous ranger.

The forum will have a biosecurity focus as Indigenous rangers play an ever increasing role as the eyes and ears of northern Australia.

Join us in celebrating Indigenous culture and the connection to country that is at the centre of everything Indigenous rangers do.

Who can attend?

The Kimberley Ranger Forum 2017 is for Indigenous rangers working in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and north Queensland. Attendance is by invite only due to the limited capacity of the forum site.


The Kimberley Ranger Forum will run for three days from 1 to 3 August, with around 400 people expected to attend. It is suggested that you arrive on Monday 31 July and leave on Friday 4 August to avoid missing out on some special events and performances.


The Kimberly Ranger Forum will be held on Bardi country at Pender Bay, on the Dampier Peninsula. The site is located approximately 180km north of Broome along the Cape Leveque Road. The Cape Leveque Road is unsealed for approximately 90km. Travel by 4WD is essential.



Forum program

CLICK HERE to download the Ranger Program and Activities Guide.

CLICK HERE to download the Guest Program


The Kimberley Ranger Forum is a bush camp experience. Attendees will be required to bring their own camping equipment unless otherwise arranged.

For ranger groups from NT and QLD you’ll be buddied up with a local WA group who’ll ensure that you’re comfortable in camp and have some local knowledge to make your stay is as rewarding as possible.


For registered attendees the Kimberley Ranger Forum is fully catered, with three main meals a day.

Mobile Phones

There will be very limited mobile phone coverage at the Kimberley Ranger Forum site. Telstra coverage is available in some communities on the Dampier Peninsula.


We expect to have mainly fine, rain-free and sunny weather. The days are quite warm (tops of around 31°C) and evenings can be cooler (down to around 15°C). It is essential to keep up a high fluid intake (plain water is best) to avoid dehydration and wear sunscreen and appropriate clothing at all times.

Pender Bay is located close to a highly tidal beach, we recommend bringing some good insect repellent. 

Cash & Eftpos

There are no ATMs at the Kimberley Ranger Forum site.

First Aid

A first aid service is available onsite.

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