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Milingimbi Community

Milingimbi is one of the Crocodile Islands located between the Blyth and the Glyde Rivers and is separated from the mainland by a narrow channel. It is approximately 500 km east of Darwin and 250 km west of Nhulunbuy. Two thirds of the island is below high tide with the highest point on the island only a few metres above sea level.

The combined populations of the homelands and Milingimbi community is approximately 1000 residents. The residents are spread through about 13 clan groups. There are six established outstations.

Milingimbi 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 Milingimbi 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 adjacent to the community.


Store contact details

PMB 177, Winnellie NT 0822
Ph: 08 8987 9901
Fax: 08 8987 9981



East Arnhem Shire - Local Government for the area
Milingimbi Art and Culture Centre - Local Arts Centre
Rulku Lodge - booking for local accomodation


The main tribal and clan groups are Dhuwa: Liyagalawumirri, Manarrngu , Naymil, Buyugulmirri, Djambarrpuyngu, Galpu , Marrangu, Gamalanga, Gorryindi, and Malarra. Yirritja tribes are Gupapuyngu, Warramiri, Wangurri, Wubulgarra and Birrgili.


Contact History

Milingimbi has a long history of contact and trade with the Maccassans who came each season to collect trepang. Tamarind trees on the beach and surrounding an old Maccassan well are an obvious legacy of this period. Traditionally the name Milingimbi belongs only to a small section of land surrounding this well, now known as Bush Camp.

Milingimbi was chosen as a mission site in 1916 by Rev. James Watson of the Methodist Overseas Mission. Building commenced in 1923. In 1940 the mission undertook a contract to build a landing strip for the RAAF on Milingimbi. As a consequence the mission was bombed by the Japanese on the 9th and 10th of May 1943. One Aborigine was killed, and others were wounded. The raids caused substantial damage.