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The Numbulwar community has a population of approximately 720 (2016 Census), and is located at the mouth of the Rose River on the west coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria, adjacent to the southern tip of Groote Eylandt.

It was established as a permanent settlement by Aboriginal peoples and the Church Missionary Society as the Rose River Mission in 1952, but administrative authority was handed over to Aboriginal people from the mid 1970s.

There are nine homelands around Numbulwar with permanent residents; Wuyagiba, Andanangki (Walker River), Yillila, Dharrari, Alharrgan, Yimidarri (Wandu), Wumajbarr, Markalawa, Waldharr (Harris Creek), as well as several other homelands which do not have permanent residents.

Fast Facts

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders represent 94% of Numbulwar’s population. The Median age is 27 years, with 40% of the population speaking Kriol and 33% speaking Nunggubuyu, while Anindylyakwa, Wagilak and Yumplatok are also prevalent. (2016 Census)

Health Services

Angurugu Clinic is operated by Top End Health Service

Community Services

Numbulwar is a coeducational combined school, serving Pre-school, Primary School (T – 6), Middle School (7 – 9) and Senior School (10—12). Other services include Numbulwar Workshop, Australian Store and a Police Station.