Barunga, also known as Bamyili, is in the Nyirranggulung Ward and is located 80 kilometres south-east of Katherine on the Central Arnhem Road

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Approximately 337 people reside in Barunga with a median age of 26 years old (Census 2021)


The people of Barunga speak Kriol, Jawoyn, Dalabon, Maiyali, Mangarrai and English


Barunga Council Office: Lot 198, Barunga NT 0852

Phone: (08) 8977 3200

Barunga Postal Address: PMB 25, Barunga NT 0852

About Barunga

Barunga is in the Nyirranggulung Ward and is located 80 kilometres south-east of Katherine on the Central Arnhem Road. Barunga may also be called Bamyili. 


Commencing production in 1913, the Maranboy Tin Mine, located eight (8) kilometres from Barunga ceased its operation in 1945. It was at this time that the Indigenous people who serviced the mine relocated back to Beswick Creek, or Beswick (current site of Barunga).  In 1951, due to the large influx in the population in Beswick, the Northern Territory Government began developing Beswick through building basic housing infrastructure and creating employment opportunities.

By 1965, Beswick had grown to such a size that an additional Camp was formed. This Camp was named Bamyili by the Elders and in 1984 the name was changed to Barunga.


By road, the trip to Barunga takes approximately one (1) hour from Katherine on an all-weather road. The single lane Central Arnhem Highway is sealed to the gateway of Barunga. Only during severe flooding which occurs only sporadically does the road become inaccessible. Barunga may also be accessed via chartered small aircraft. It is approximately five (5) kilometres from the Barunga Airstrip to Barunga Community. Please be advised that Barunga is a closed community; a Northern Land Council (NLC) permit is required to visit this community.

Local Government and Local Authority Meetings (Governance)

An integral part of the community consultation process in Barunga occurs through Barunga Local Authority Meetings. The Local Authority is made up of the Elected Member/s who sit on Council for the Nyirranggulung Ward and are nominated representatives from the community. All stakeholders in Barunga are invited to attend the Local Authority Meetings. The resolutions made at these meetings form the basis of all planning made by Roper Gulf Regional Council.

To attend a Barunga Local Authority Meeting, click here

To view our Local Authority Meeting dates, agendas and minutes, click here

Services in Barunga

This information is sourced from the Northern Territory Government and is available on BushTel. The following services are available in the community:

Service Type Available Details
Regular Transport Service Yes

Bagala Remote Community Bus

(08) 8922 2666

NT Bush Bus

1300 853 680

Fuel No Fuel is available at Beswick, Mataranka and Katherine
Commercial Accommodation No Commercial accommodation is available at Beswick, Mataranka and Katherine
Community Store Yes

Barunga Community Store

(08) 8975 4507

Airstrip Yes Bamyili Aerodrome (unsealed) (3km from the community)
Health Centre Yes

Primary Health Care delivered by Sunrise Health Services

(08) 8975 4501

Alcohol  No

Alcohol Protected Area and a General Restricted Area

Police Station No

Serviced by Maranboy Police Station (8km from the community)

(08) 8975 4500

School Yes

Barunga School

(08) 8975 4502

Council Service Delivery Centre Yes  Council Office located at Lot 198, Barunga NT 0852
Mobile Phone, Internet & Radio Yes There are currently two public telephones in Barunga and also Telstra 3G telephone and internet coverage. Digital television is connected to all homes and local radio is provided through the Remote Indigenous Broadcast Services (RIBS)
Post Office Yes Post Office located at Council Service Delivery Centre
Early Childcare Centre Yes The Barunga Crèche is run by the Barunga School at Lot 245
Aged Care Centre No