Minyerri (Hodgson Downs)

Minyerri is also known as Hodgson Downs, as the Minyerri Township is very near the site of the Hodgson Downs Station Residence


Quick snapshot


603 people reside in Minyerri with a median age of 21 years old


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

Alawa Aboriginal Corporation

Phone: (08) 8975 9797

PMB 36 Hodgson Downs Via Katherine NT 0852

Minyerri is in the Never Never ward and is located 270 kilometres south-east of Katherine, 80 kilometres off the Roper Highway. Minyerri is also known as Hodgson Downs, as the Minyerri Township is very near the site of the Hodgson Downs Station Residence.

Minyerri community
Minyerri community


By road, the trip to Minyerri takes approximately three (3) hours from Katherine. Following the sealed, single lane Roper Highway (which is approximately 10 kilometres from Mataranka) for 80 kilometres will bring you to the Minyerri turn-off. The remaining 80 kilometres is dirt road. Minyerri may also be accessed by chartered light aircraft.

Please be advised that Minyerri 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 Minyerri occurs through Minyerri Local Authority Meetings. The Local Authority is made up of the Elected Member/s who sit on Council for the Never Never Ward and are nominated representatives from the community. All stakeholders in Minyerri 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 Minyerri Local Authority Meeting, click here

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



Roper Gulf Regional Council provides the Local Government service, Night Patrol in Minyerri. All other services are provided by the Alawa Aboriginal Corporation. These services include, but are not limited to, road maintenance and repair, airstrip maintenance and repair, traffic management, rubbish collection, upkeep of parks, gardens and weed maintenance, assets and fleet management, sport and recreation. Roper Gulf Regional Council also operates the Community Development Program (CDP) in the community of Minyerri.

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

Service TypeAvailableDetails
Regular Transport ServiceYes

Katherine Coaches

(08) 8971 0774

NT Bush Bus

1300 853 680


Diesel available in the community. Contact Alawa Aboriginal Corporation 

(08) 8975 9797

Commercial accommodationYes

Contact Alawa Aboriginal Corporation

(08) 8975 9797

Community StoreYes

Hodgson Downs Store (Quinn's Shop)

Warliburru Store (The Bottom Shop)

AirstripYes Sealed (500m from the community)
Health CentreYes

Primary Health Care delivered by Sunrise Health Services 

(08) 8975 9959


Alcohol restrictions in effect

Police StationYes

Minyerri Police Station

(08) 8975 4365


Minyerri School 

(08) 8975 9972

Council Service Delivery CentreYes Municipal services provided by Alawa Aboriginal Corporation 
Mobile Phone, Internet & RadioYes  
Post OfficeYes  
Early Childcare CentreYes Play Group Services are provided by Alawa Aboriginal Corporation
Aged Care CentreYes Aged Care Services are provided by Alawa Aboriginal Corporation