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Kidson Track (Nyangumarta Highway) Permit System

Four Wheel Drive Australia on behalf of the Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation is now issuing permits for travel through the Nyangumarta native title lands along what was formally called the Kidson Track – now renamed as the Nyangumarta Highway. The Permits allowed access through the Nyangumarta native title lands for tourism related activities.

The permit fee for this is $55 including GST for each Four Wheel Drive Vehicle and associated trailer. Revenue from these fees funds covers the administration of the permit system and protection of environmental, cultural and heritage values of the Nyangumarta native title lands on behalf of the Traditional Owners.

Why is a Permit needed?
The Kidson Track/Nyangumarta Highway is one of the longest private roads in the world. It was created in the late 1960s by West Australian Petroleum Pty Ltd (WAPET) for exploration purposes on unallocated crown land. However, the road was never gazetted by the Western Australian Government and when the Nyangumarta people gained native title over their traditional lands in 2009 they were granted exclusive native title rights over the area it passes through. The road then effectively then became a private road owned by the Nyangumarta, just like (a very long) version of the track from the farm gate to the homestead on farms all across Australia. Therefore today, as with all private roads, the land owner’s permission is required to use it.

Because of the Kidson Track/Nyangumarta Highway’s remote location a permit system is the most practical way to promote safe and responsible use of the road.  The permit also allows the Nyangumarta to teach the wider public about their land and history, and provides a small income to assist the Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation look after the vast area of land it holds under native title rights in and which it must look after on behalf of present and future generations of Nyangumarta people.

This permit allows access to the Kidson Track/Nyangumarta Highway and other areas as shown on the map below.

Download Nyangumart Kidson Track Map 

For further information in applying for a specific permit email csrmanager@anfwdc.asn.au

The complete permit document package must be carried at all times within the vehicle. The permit holder must provide the permit for inspection if requested to do so by a representative of the traditional owners or a law enforcement officer.

The issue of this permit on behalf of the Nyangumarta people by Four Wheel Drive Australia will be for a period of ONE (1) month from the date nominated by the applicant in the case of private individuals and twelve months for commercial tour operators at the fees set from time to time.

The outback lands of Australia are unforgiving and isolated. Travellers have to cope with very harsh, arid conditions which quickly take their toll on vehicles and people. Do not travel through the area unless you have made plans to cope with vehicle breakdowns or personal emergencies. You and your party must be self-reliant.

Four Wheel Drive Australia endeavours to make sure that permit information provided on this website is correct at the time of its publication. However, you should obtain independent advice before making any decision based on the information on this site.
The information on this site is made available on the understanding that FWDA, its officers and members, accept no responsibility for any damage, cost, loss or expenses incurred by you during your trip as a result of:

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This pre-purchase information may be downloaded and printed for further consideration before you purchase the Permit.

Download the Nyangumarta Highway (Kidson Track) Permit Brochure




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