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Northern Territory
Numbulwar is located in Northern Territory
Coordinates14°17′0″S 135°44′0″E / 14.28333°S 135.73333°E / -14.28333; 135.73333Coordinates: 14°17′0″S 135°44′0″E / 14.28333°S 135.73333°E / -14.28333; 135.73333
Population672 (2006 census)[1]
Elevation3 m (10 ft)
Location570 km (354 mi) se of Darwin
LGA(s)Roper Gulf Region
Territory electorate(s)Arnhem
Federal Division(s)Lingiari

Numbulwar[2] is a small, primarily Aboriginal community on the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory of Australia. The major language group of the community is Nunggubuyu and their language, Wubuy, is used by older generations. Kriol is also widely spoken.

Permanent settlement began in 1952 with the founding of the Rose River Mission by local Aboriginal communities and the Church Missionary Society.

The Mission operated until the 1970s when community control passed to the Numbulwar Numburindi Community Council.

The community consists of a general store, a police station, a community school, an engine repair shop, a post office and about 670 residents. Mission Aviation Fellowship has a base in Numbulwar which provides air services for the community.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Numbulwar (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 November 2007.
  2. ^ BushTel - Remote Communities of the Northern Territory