From 1920 to 1960 the area around Maranboy was mined for tungsten, tin and copper. In 1940 a cattle station was established in Manyallaluk and employed local people to catch wild buffalo. Four mud brick buildings from this era, consisting of a homestead, stable, meat house and admin office, have survived.
105 People reside in Manyallaluk with a medium age of 20 years old.
The people of Manyallaluk speak Alawa, Kriol, Maiyali and English.
Anne Maree Low – Manyallaluk Council Service Manager (CSM)
Phone: (08) 8975 4055
From Katherine to Manyallaluk takes just over an hour. Heading south turn onto the Central Arnhem Highway (sign posted as Barunga/Beswick/Ngulunbuy) and drive to the Manyallaluk turn off. Travel for 37km on dirt road to Manyallaluk community. During wet season the dirt road can be closed for a few days due to flooding.
Manyallaluk may also be accessed via chartered small aircraft.
Please be advised that Manyallaluk is a closed community; a Nothern Land Council (NLC) permit is required to visit this community.
Roper Gulf Regional Council provides a range of Local Government services in Manyallaluk including road maintenance and repair, traffic management, rubbish collection, airstrip maintenance and repair, upkeep of parks, gardens and weed maintenance, community safety through Night Patrol, companion animal welfare and control, assets and fleet management, sport and recreation, governance support as well as providing access to Centrelink, community care programs for the elderly and children on behalf of other government agencies. Roper Gulf Regional Council also operates the Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP) in Manyallaluk.
Other services include: Health Clinic, Primary School and Airstrip.
Local Police are located at Maranboy half an hour back along the Central Arnhem Highway towards Barunga.
There is currently one public telephone in Manyallaluk.There is no Fuel at Manyallaluk.
Local Government and Local Authority Meetings (Governance)
The Roper Gulf Regional Council provides local government in Manyallaluk, which sits in the Nyirranggulung Ward. The Council’s Headquarters is located in Katherine, NT with a Service Delivery Centre located in Manyallaluk.
An integral part of the community consultation process in the community of Manyallaluk occurs through Manyallaluk Local Authority Meetings. The Local Authority is made up of the Elected Member/s whom sit on Council for the Nyirranggulung Ward and nominated representatives from the community. All other stakeholders in Manyallaluk are also invited to attend the Local Authority Meetings. The resolutions made at these meetings form the basis of all planning made by Roper Gulf Regional Council.
Manyallaluk Tours, for example, at Eva Valley is one of the Territory’s longest running tourist operations and has been in place since 1991.
The Manyallaluk Art and Craft Centre is a community-owned organisation that features the work of local Aboriginal artists.
Artists paint on canvas and stringy bark, using handmade ochre pigment or acrylic paint in traditional colours. Painted didgeridoos, small sculptural pieces, firesticks and clap sticks are also available. Paintings abound with images of animal life, bush tucker and stories of cultural significance.
Colourful baskets, mats and dilly bags are crafted by the women using natural fibres and dyes found in the area. They also produce jewellery from seeds and gum nuts.
Location and Access
Manyallaluk is located 100km drive from Katherine. The journey takes approximately 90 minutes by car. The last 35km of road are unsealed and may only be accessed by 4WD in the wet season.
Our operating months are April through November with optimal weather conditions being from May to early September. We welcome any visitors who would like to visit the Art and Craft Centre or stay in our camping ground and caravan park which are open year round.