Arts and Culture

Explore and connect with the Roper Gulf region by immersing yourself in the stories, artwork, and Aboriginal culture and traditions

Aboriginal Culture

Our region is home to the oldest living culture, with almost 80 percent of people living within the Council's area identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. 

History

The Never Never Museum

Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Mataranka region during a self-guided tour of the Never Never Museum. Featuring a range of historic artefacts and interpretative displays, the museum brings to life local Aboriginal and European history and highlights significant developments in the town’s history including the North Australian Railway, the Overland Telegraph and World War II.

The Never Never Museum is located behind the Roper Gulf Regional Council office in the main street of Mataranka at 36 Roper Terrace, Mataranka NT 0852. The museum is open for self-guided tours from 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday. Keys can be collected from the Rural Transaction Centre during business hours.

The Larrimah Museum

The Larrimah Museum is located in the heritage listed WWII Larrimah Telephone Repeater Station and Powerhouse buildings which were completed in 1942. As the Larrimah railway siding was a “vital road-rail transhipment and refuelling depot and military staging camp”, it was included in this communication network.

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Art Galleries

Explore the history, tradition and landscapes of the Roper Gulf region and its surrounds through vibrant, contemporary artwork created by local people.