(Balgo Hills) is situated in the south-east Kimberley
region of Western Australia.
The nearest town, Halls Creek, is 260 kilometres north along a low grade,
unsealed road, sometimes impassable in the wet.
Wirrimanu lies on
the northern edge of the Great Sandy Desert and on the western edge of the Tanami
Desert where climatic
conditions are harsh with summer temperatures reaching
45 C. Wirrimanu itself is site 460 metres above sea level and its climate is
tempered accordingly. The short winters are cool with night temperatures
dropping to 5 C and with strong easterly winds blowing from the desert. The
average annual rainfall is 315mm, most of which falls in the months of December
site is part of the 2.6 million hectares of the Balwina
Aboriginal Reserve. The Western Desert Aborigines in their movement towards
white settlements spread in a fan shaped crescent to Wyndham and Derby to the north; to Strelley
in the west; and to Papunya in the East (Northern
Territory). Wirrimanu is the meeting place of the
Kukatja tribes from the South, the Walmajarri tribes
of the North-West and the Jaru tribe from the North.