Permits

Permit Application

Please fill-in the on-line form below and submit your details to us and we will be in touch to ensure that your experience on Wik homelands is an enjoyable experience (please read the details about visit on Wik homeland below).

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The land you are interested in is one of the most pristine and remote parts of Australia.

The Wik, Wik Way and Kugu people who are the traditional owners of the land, and now own parts of their land in freehold, are interested in sharing their country with respectful, well-prepared travellers who are interested in experiencing the beauty of the area within the established cultural , legal and environmental protocols.

Before applying for a permit to enter the lands or to camp or fish, you must read, understand and agree to abide by the following:

  1. No alcoholic of any sort (even light or mid-strength) or illicit substances are permitted.  You will be asked to leave and/or reported to police, especially if you are within the area under the Alcohol Management Plan.
  2. Please be aware that if someone (especially an elder) from a particular area passes away, cultural practice dictates that the country is "closed".  If this happens whilst you are visiting, you may be asked to leave or relocate somewhere else.  Please follow directions and do this with a minimum of fuss as this shows respect for the family and increases your chances of remaining in a nearby location.
  3. Be well prepared and self sufficient you are entering one of the most remote areas of the country, with minimal access throughout the year, and you are hours from assistance.  Hazards include but are not limited to ungraded or poorly maintained roads, flooded causeways, tidal mudflats, bushfires and other weather extremes such as flash floods, cyclones and severe storms.  Animals to be wary of include feral pigs and cattle, venomous snakes and spiders, crocodiles and sharks.
  4. There are no fuel stops, shops, hospitals or mechanics.  Local rangers are only to be utilised in extreme emergencies and there is no guarantee that they will be able to assist.
  5. Please ensure you have a well-maintained vehicle and/or boat and that you are carrying sufficient spare parts, batteries, fuel, tyres, rescue kit, remote area first aid kit, satellite phone, GPS, rescue beacon and water supplies. 
  6. Do not bring animals unless you have had this approved.  Pets are not permitted and any working dogs must be registered.  Approval may or may not be granted to bring them on country.
  7. No firearms unless a permit is granted. All firearms must be registered, and the owner is to hold a current firearms licence, a copy of which is to be provided with this application before any permit is granted.  The owner must be able to produce their licence on country on demand.  Firearms and ammunition must be stored safely and locked away when not in use.
  8. Rangers are carrying out extensive works on country that may include but is not limited to:

a. controlled burning of country,

b. shooting, baiting, mustering feral animals or observing wildlife

Please stick to the areas you have been granted permission to visit and double check they are still current on arrival so that you do not unknowingly wander into any areas that may put your safety at risk.

  1. Legislation may restrict the number (bag limits), size and sex of fish species that may be caught at different times of the year.  A licence may be required.  Rules are different on the west coast to the east coast of Cape York. Details are available from the Qld Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry at www.daff.qld.gov.au
  2. Please carry all your rubbish out with you and do not light fires or burn country.  Please respect the trees and any cultural artefacts you may find in your travels and leave them in place.