Located in the Numbulwar Numburindi Ward, Numbulwar can be found at the mouth of the Rose River, on the western coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria and adjacent to Groote Eylandt. Numbulwar is approximately 476 kilometres east of Katherine


Quick snapshot


681 people reside in Numbulwar with a median age of 30 years old (Census 2021)


The people of Numbulwar speak Kriol, Nunggubuyu, Anindilyakwa, Wagilak and English. 


There are nine Outstations around Numbulwar. These are Wuyagiba, Andanangki (Walker River), Yillila, Dharrari, Alharrgan, Yimidarri (Wandu), Wumajbarr, Markalawa and Waldharr (Harris Creek)


Numbulwar Council Office

Phone: (08) 8977 2101

About Numbulwar

Located in the Numbulwar Numburindi ward, Numbulwar can be found at the mouth of the Rose River, on the western coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria and adjacent to Groote Eylandt. Numbulwar is approximately 476 kilometres east of Katherine.


During the dry season Numbulwar can be accessed by road. Travel time from Darwin via Katherine along the Roper Highway is approximately 10-12 hours via the Roper River and Ngukurr communities. Travel time from Nhulunbuy via Walker River and Harris Creek is approximately 4-6 hours. In both cases a 4WD is essential.

Numbulwar is also accessible by air and has an all-weather, sealed airstrip linked to the community via a five (5) kilometre dirt road. Travel time to Alyangula, Groote Eylandt is 30 minutes, and to Nhulunbuy is one (1) hour. There is a fortnightly freight barge service from Darwin to Numbulwar. Please be advised that Numbulwar 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 Numbulwar occurs through Numbulwar Local Authority Meetings. The Local Authority is made up of the Elected Member/s who sit on Council for the Numbulwar-Numburindi Ward and are nominated representatives from the community. All stakeholders in Numbulwar 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 Numbulwar Local Authority Meeting, click here

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

Services in Numbulwar

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

Note these services may be affected by wet season flooding

Katherine Coaches

1800 263 442

Fuel Yes Opal and Diesel available in the community. Puma fuel cards accepted
Commercial Accommodation Yes

Roper Gulf Regional Council Accommodation

Community Store Yes

Numbulwar Community Store

(08) 8975 4083

Airstrip Yes Sealed (3km from the community)
Health Centre Yes

Primary Health Care delivered at Numbulwar Community Health Centre by Top End Health Service 

(08) 8975 4670

Alcohol No

Alcohol Protected Area and General Restricted Area, with alcohol restrictions in effect

Police Station Yes

Numbulwar Police Station

(08) 8975 4183

School Yes

Numbulwar School

(08) 8975 4650

Council Service Delivery Centre Yes  Council Office located at 
Mobile Phone, Internet & Radio Yes There are currently two public telephones in Numbulwar and also Telstra 3G telephone and internet coverage. The Remote Indigenous Broadcasting Service (RIBS) program offers local radio in Numbulwar
Post Office Yes Post Office located at Council Service Delivery Centre
Early Childcare Centre Yes  
Aged Care Centre Yes Council operates an Aged Care Centre at Lot