Robinson River

Robinson River is located in the South West Gulf Ward and is 144 kilometres south-east of Borroloola. 

Quick snapshot


180 people reside in Robinson River and the median age is 25 (Census 2021)


Roper Gulf Regional Council does not have an office in Minyerri. Please contact the Mungoorbada Aboriginal Corporation for all enquiries

Mungoorbada Aboriginal Corporation

Phone: (08) 8975 9789

Robinson River is located in the South West Gulf Ward and is 144 kilometres south-east of Borroloola and 798 kilometres from Katherine. 


Robinson River historically and currently is a working cattle station. In 1980 the local Garawa people, who largely resided in Borroloola and aided by the Aboriginal Development Committee, began working on a land claim on the Robinson River region. In 1992 the Land Claim was successful and the Garawa people were handed back the Robinson River Station and surrounding region. Today, the Garawa people are the owners and operators of Robinson River Station.

Robinson River
Robinson River community


By road, the trip to Robinson River takes approximately 10 hours from Katherine. The double lane Stuart Highway is sealed the entire way. At Daly Waters, the Carpentaria Highway must be followed to Borroloola. This is a single lane Highway. The remaining 150 kilometres is dirt road. It is recommended to travel in a 4WD. Robinson River may also be accessed by chartered light aircraft. 

Please be advised that Robinson River is a closed community; a Northern Land Council (NLC) permit is required to visit this community.


Local Authority 

An integral part of the community consultation process in Robinson River occurs through Robinson River Local Authority meetings. The Local Authority is made up of the Elected Member/s who sit on Council for the South West Gulf Ward and are nominated representatives from the community. All stakeholders in Robinson River 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 Robinson River Local Authority meeting, click here

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



This information is sourced from the Northern Territory Government and is available on BushTel

Service TypeAvailableDetails
Regular Transport ServiceNo


FuelYes Opal and Diesel available in the community
Commercial AccommodationYes

Robinson River commercial accommodation available, contact Mungoorbada Aboriginal Corporation:

(08) 8975 9791 

Commercial accommodation available at Borroloola:

MacArthur River Caravan Park

(08) 8975 8734

Savannah Way Motel

(08) 8975 8883

Community StoreYes

Robinson River Store

(08) 8975 9792

AirstripYes Sealed (6km from the community)
Health CentreYes

Primary Health Care delivered by Top End Health Service

(08) 8975 9985


Alcohol restrictions in place

Police StationNo

Serviced by Borroloola Police Station (143km from the community)

(08) 8975 8770

Overnight Police post located within the community


Robinson River School

(08) 8975 9956

Council Service Delivery CentreNo

 Please contact the Borroloola Council Office 

(08) 8975 7700

Or Mungoorbada Aboriginal Corporation

(08) 8975 9789

Mobile Phone, Internet & RadioYes  
Post OfficeNo  
Early Childcare CentreNo  
Aged Care CentreNo