Lombadina, Western Australia

Coordinates: 16°30′54.00″S 122°53′30.00″E / 16.5150000°S 122.8916667°E / -16.5150000; 122.8916667
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Western Australia
Lombadina is part of a single urban area that incorporates Djarindjin.
Lombadina is located in Western Australia
Coordinates16°30′54.00″S 122°53′30.00″E / 16.5150000°S 122.8916667°E / -16.5150000; 122.8916667
Time zoneAWST (UTC+8)
Location170 km (106 mi) N of Broome, Western Australia
LGA(s)Shire of Broome
State electorate(s)Kimberley
Federal division(s)Durack

Lombadina is a medium-sized Aboriginal community on the north-western coast of Western Australia on Cape Leveque, north of Broome in the Kimberley region. The name is derived from the Aboriginal word, "Lollmardinard". The community is inhabited by the Bardi people.

Lombadina is part of a single urban area that incorporates Djarindjin and Lombadina. At the 2016 Census, this single urban area had a total population of 397, including 312 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.[1]

The Catholic mission was established with the help of Thomas Puertollano, a Filipino from Manila, in 1910–11.[2] In 1916, to avoid it being taken over by the government of Western Australia, the land was bought by an Irishman, the brother of the controversial Redemptorist priest, John Creagh.

Native title[edit]

The community is located within the determined Bardi Jawi (WAD49/1998) native title claim area.


Children of school age at Lombadina attend the Lombadina-Djarindjin Catholic Primary School. The school runs classes for students from pre-school (4 years old) to Year 10 (16 years old). The total number of students is approximately 90.


The community is managed through its incorporated body, Lombadina Aboriginal Corporation, incorporated under the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976 on 16 July 1987.

Town planning[edit]

Lombadina Layout Plan No.3 was prepared in accordance with State Planning Policy 3.2 Aboriginal Settlements. It was endorsed by the Western Australian Planning Commission in 2001, however has not been endorsed by the community and exists in draft format only.[3]


  1. ^ "2016 Census QuickStats for Djarindjin-Lombadina". Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 13 December 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  2. ^ Historical story – Lombadina mission
  3. ^ "Layout plans". Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. 20 February 2020. Retrieved 10 February 2021.


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