Larrimah, Northern Territory

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The Big Stubby

Larrimah is a tiny hamlet in the Northern Territory of Australia, approximately 158 kilometres southeast of Katherine and 428 kilometres southeast of Darwin. It has a population of 11. It is built along the Stuart Highway. It was the railhead on the North Australia Railway during World War II. It is the home of the Big Stubby, a large replica of a Darwin Stubby beer bottle.

It was visited in an episode of Dom Joly's Happy Hour.

The town's pub was originally 9 km south in Birdum, but was moved when Larrimah became the end of the railway.

World War II[edit]

The 8th Australian Staging Camp, built by the Australian Army, was set up in Larrimah for troops making the journey by road from Adelaide before transferring onto rail at Larrimah siding for the rest of the journey to Darwin. No. 45 Australian Camp Hospital was also set up at Larrimah by the Australian Army.

Larrimah's fuel station burnt down in October 2009 so no fuel is available there. The closest fuel available is 76 kilometres north at Mataranka, or 100 kilometres south at Daly Waters. There is a Northern Territory Fire & Rescue unit stationed there to attend motor vehicle accidents and local bush & grass fires.

Coordinates: 15°34′S 133°12′E / 15.567°S 133.200°E / -15.567; 133.200