Beswick (Wugularr)

Beswick, also known as Wugulurr, is in the Nyirranggulung Ward and is located on the bank of Waterhouse River, 118 kilometres south-east of Katherine on the Central Arnhem Highway

Quick snapshot


Approximately 542 people reside in Beswick with a median age of 27 years old (Census 2021)


The people of Beswick speak Kriol, Mayali and English


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Beswick Council Office: 30 Balanda Street, Beswick NT 0852

(08) 8977 2200

Beswick Postal Address: PMB 26, Katherine NT 0852

About Beswick

Beswick, also known as Wugulurr, is in the Nyirranggulung Ward and is located on the bank of Waterhouse River, 118 kilometres south-east of Katherine on the Central Arnhem Highway. The Traditional Owners of the land in and around Beswick are the Jawoyn people.


In 1913, the Maranboy Tin Mine was established which brought people seeking employment opportunities to the area. The mine ceased its operation in 1945, and in 1947 the Government bought Beswick Station, which is where the community derives its name from, and it was used as a WWII Native Training Centre. The Jawoyn people were given Native Title to their lands in 1991.


By road, the trip to Beswick takes approximately one and a half (1.5) hours from Katherine on an all-weather road. The single lane Central Arnhem Highway is sealed to the gateway of Beswick. Only during severe flooding which occurs only sporadically does the road become inaccessible. Please be advised that Beswick 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 Beswick occurs through Beswick 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 Beswick 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 Beswick Local Authority Meeting, click here

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

Services in Beswick

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 Yes Opal and Diesel available in the community
Commercial Accommodation Yes

Djakanimba Pavilions Beswick

0428 606 733

Roper Gulf Regional Council Accommodation

Community Store Yes

Beswick Community Store

(08) 8975 4523

Airstrip No Nearest airstrip is in Barunga (30km from Beswick community)
Health Centre Yes

Primary Health Care delivered by Sunrise Health Services 

(08) 8975 4924

Alcohol Yes

Alcohol Protected Area and a General Restricted Area

Police Station No

Serviced by Maranboy Police Station (40km from the community)

(08) 8975 4500

School Yes

Wugularr School

(08) 8975 4549

Council Service Delivery Centre Yes  Council Office located at 30 Balanda Street, Beswick NT 0852
Mobile Phone, Internet & Radio Yes There are currently two public telephones in Beswick 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 Council operates a Crèche Centre at Lot 193
Aged Care Centre Yes Council operates an Aged Care Centre at Lot