Ngukurr is located in the Yugul Mangi Ward and is 331 kilometres south-east of Katherine on the Roper Highway. 


Quick snapshot


1,088 people reside in Ngukurr with a median age of 25 years old


The people of Ngukurr speak Kriol, Ritharrngu, Marra, Gurindji Kriol and English


Boomerang Lagoon, Badawarka, Costello, Lake Katherine, Manbu Manbu, Ngaliwan, Namaliwirri, Ruined City, Turkey Lagoon, Wanmurri and Urapunga


Ngukurr Council Office: Lot 293 Balamurra Street, Ngukurr NT 0852

Phone: (08) 8977 4600

Ngukurr Postal Address: CMB 6, Ngukurr via Katherine NT 0852

Ngukurr is located in the Yugul Mangi Ward and is 331 kilometres south-east of Katherine on the Roper Highway. Ngukurr is one of the largest Aboriginal communities in the Roper Gulf region with over 1,000 people living there.

Local community members sitting at a keyboard
The official “Lights On” celebration in Ngukurr with music, dancing and sport.


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

Service TypeAvailableDetails
Regular Transport ServiceYes 

Note these services may be affected by wet season flooding

Katherine Coaches

(08) 8971 0774

FuelYes Opal and Diesel available in the community. Puma fuel cards accepted
Commercial AccommodationYes 

Darlala Motel

0439 253 180

Roper Gulf Regional Council Accommodation

Roper Bar Park and Store (35km out of Ngukurr)

(08) 8975 4636

Community StoreYes 

Ngukurr General Store 

(08) 8975 4626

Ngukurr take-away store

(08) 8975 4139

AirstripYes Sealed (2km from the community)
Health CentreYes 

Primary Health Care delivered by Sunrise Health Services 

(08) 8975 4688

AlcoholNo Alcohol Protected Area and General Restricted Area
Police StationYes 

Ngukurr Police Station

(08) 8975 4644


Ngukurr School

(08) 8975 4680

Council Service Delivery CentreYes  Council Office located at Lot 293 Balamurra Street, NT 0852
Mobile Phone, Internet & RadioYes There are currently two public telephones in Ngukurr and also Telstra 3G telephone and internet coverage. Digital television is connected to all homes and local radio is provided through Roper Gulf Regional Council’s Remote Indigenous Broadcast Services (RIBS)
Post OfficeYes Post Office located at Council Service Delivery Centre
Early Childcare CentreYes  
Aged Care CentreYes Council operates an Aged Care Centre at Lot


Ngukurr is accessible by road, air and water. The gravel section of the Roper Highway (the last approximately 60 kilometres into Ngukurr) is well maintained and can be used by conventional cars during the dry season and 4WD during the wet season. Travel time by road is approximately three and a half (3.5) hours from Katherine. 

Air travel chartered from Darwin is two (2) hours or one (1) hour from Katherine. The airstrip is an all-weather strip and sealed. There is also a landing at Ngukurr for barge travel. Only during severe flooding at the Roper and Wilton Rivers which occurs only sporadically does the road become inaccessible.

Please be advised that Ngukurr 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 Ngukurr occurs through Ngukurr Local Authority Meetings. The Local Authority is made up of the Elected Member/s who sit on Council for the Yugul Mangi Ward and are nominated representatives from the community. All stakeholders in Ngukurr 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 Ngukurr Local Authority Meeting, click here

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