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Gapuwiyak Community

GapuwiyakGapuwiyak is a mainland community located on the shore of Lake Evella near the upper reaches of the Buckingham River. It is 60 air km south east of Galiwin'ku and 115 air km west of Nhulunbuy (220 km by good gravel road). There is almost year round road access to Katherine.

The community has an average population of around 1000 Yol?u people.

Gapuwiyak is a traditional Aboriginal community with restricted access. Permission to visit is required (by law) and can be made through the Northern Land Council directly or via the Gapuwiyak Council. Total alcohol restrictions apply.

All freight for the ALPA store is barged to the community on a weekly service. The barge landing is located 20 km north west of the community on the banks of the Buckingham River. The barge road is gravel and is accessible all year round.


Store contact details

PMB 1050, Winnellie NT 0822
Ph: 08 8987 9107
Fax: 08 8987 9181



East Arnhem Shire - Local Government for the area
Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts -Local Arts Centre


The tribal and clan groups are Yirritja: Dhalwangu, Gupapuyngu, Munyuku, Gumatj, Rittarrngu, Madarrpa and Guyamirrilil. Dhuwa groups are: Marrangu, Djambarrpuyngu, Galpu, Djarrwarrk, Wakilak and Djapu. There are 14 homeland centres in the region.


Contact History

Gapuwiyak developed from being an Elcho outstation. In 1969 it became an independent community. The name for Lake Evella was derived from combining the given names of two early residents and missionary women, Ella Shepherdson and Evelyn Webb. A timber mill for cypress pine operated at Gapuwiyak for some years