Coordinates: 26.015°0′S 128.251°0′E / 26.015°S 128.251°E / -26.015; 128.251
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Western Australia
Papulankutja is located in Western Australia
Coordinates26.015°0′S 128.251°0′E / 26.015°S 128.251°E / -26.015; 128.251
Population162 (SAL 2021)[1]
Area20.8 km2 (8.0 sq mi)
Time zoneACST (UTC+9:30)
Location200 km (124 mi) east of Warburton
LGA(s)Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku
State electorate(s)North West Central
Federal division(s)O'Connor

Papulankutja (also referred to as Blackstone) is a large Aboriginal community located in the Goldfields–Esperance region of Western Australia, within the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku.


The community exists on the traditional lands of the Ngaanyatjarra people, many of whom were transported in the 1960s to Warburton mission. In the 1970s, Ngaanyatjarra people returned to the region from Warburton mission. Since this time the community has steadily grown in size and population.

Native title[edit]

The community is located within the determined Ngaanyatjarra Lands (Part A) (WAD6004/04) native title claim area, determined on 26 June 2005.[2]

Town planning[edit]

Papulankutla Layout Plan No. 2 was endorsed in March 2013, with five amendments up to April 2018.[3]


The community is managed through its incorporated body, Papulankutia Community Incorporated, which is one of several communities managed by the Ngaanyatjarra Council.[4] The Council is an Aboriginal corporation, incorporated in March 1981, that is the main body overseeing in a large group of Ngaanyatjarra service delivery organisations, some of which are separately incorporated.[5]

The Yarnangu Ngaanyatijarraku Parna Aboriginal Corporation was incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006, and acts as the prescribed body corporate for the Ngaanyatjarra native title determination.[6]

Tjukayirla Roadhouse[edit]

Tjukayirla Roadhouse, located 450 km (280 mi) along the Great Central Road, was built and is operated by the Papulankutja Community. The roadhouse takes its name from Tjukayirla Rockholes nearby.[7][8]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Papulankutja Community (Suburb and Locality)". Australian Census 2021. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Native title determination summary – Ngaanyatjarra Lands (Part A)". (Native Title Claimant application summary. 2005. Archived from the original on 26 October 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ "Layout plans". Department of Planning Lands Heritage. Retrieved 15 April 2020. PapulankutjaLayout Plan 2: Background Report (2013, with 5 amendments); PapulankutjaLayout Plan 2- Living AreaAmendment 5 (2018)
  4. ^ "Our Communities". Ngaanyatjarra Council (in Indonesian). Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  5. ^ "Ngaanyatjarra Council". Ngaanyatjarra Council. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  6. ^ "Yarnangu Ngaanyatjarraku Parna (Aboriginal Corporation) RNTBC". PBC. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  7. ^ "Local attractions". Tjukayirla Roadhouse. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  8. ^ "Tjukayirla Roadhouse". Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku. Retrieved 23 July 2022.