The coastal town of Maningrida has a population of 2600 and lies on the estuary of the Liverpool River, located approximately 400 km east of Darwin in North East Arnhem Land.

The Kunibídji people are the traditional landowners of this country in central Arnhem Land. The name Maningrida is an Anglicised version of the Kunibídji name Manayingkarírra, which comes from the phrase 'Mane djang karirra', meaning 'the place where the dreaming changed shape'.

Maningrida is the second largest Aboriginal community in the NT after Port Keats (Wadeye).



Health services in the Maningrida region

Maningrida has a large and fully equipped community health centre which provides a range of health services to the community and outstations. The services include acute care and regular clinic programs such as Antenatal care, Under 5's, Well-Baby clinic, immunization, aged care etc. Other programs include preventative health projects such as school screening and STD programs.

The clinic has two doctor's positions, remote area nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers. There is also a medivac service operated by NT Aero-med for emergency evacuations by aircraft to Darwin.

Malabam Health service a 6 bed, low care, Aged Care facility and also provides doctors and allied health professionals such as physiotherapists to the community & runs a number of health programs throughout the year and works closely with the Community Health Centre to provide quality health services to the population. RAHC has had several allied health professions placed with Malabam.



Languages in the Region

The below languages are present in the Maningrida region. However it should be noted that as a result of colonisation, the growth of towns, and the transient nature of some Aboriginal peoples, there may be many different Aboriginal languages evident in a given area.

  • Burarra
  • Djambarrpuyngu
  • Djinang
  • Guninggu
  • Gurrgoni
  • Kriol
  • Nakhara
  • Ndjebbana
  • Rembarrnga
  • Yanyangu

Kriol language

Kriol is the contact language now spoken as a first language by most Aboriginal people across the region. Kriol is spoken in the Barkly and further north, but not generally far south of Tennant Creek.


Maningrida have a furnished house is available equipped with cooking, telephone & internet facilities. It is advisable to bring your own bedding/towels.

There are newly built Duplex and demountable accommodation.
A 4WD vehicle is provided to (DHF) staff.
There are 2 supermarkets with a reasonable range of goods. However, if you have any special dietary requirements or specialty items please bring these with you. There are also three takeaway outlets and 2 fuel stations.

There are a few ATMs and EFTPOS outlets in the community.



Contacts and Advice in Maningrida

The following organisations and contact numbers may be useful in locating sources of advice about Maningrida. Care has been taken to ensure these details are correct, however unfortunately some may change or be unattended.

Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation
Maningrida, Arnhem NT 0801
Ph: 08 8979 5934

Demed Association Incorporated
PMB 89 OenpelliNT 0822
Ph: 08 8979 0144
[email protected]

Malabam Health Board Aboriginal Corporation
Po Box 136 Maningrida NT 0822
Ph: 08 8979 5772
[email protected]
Services include Substance Misuse, Youth Development, Renal Unit, Malal Aged Care Centre
Staff include Medical Officer, Nurses, Aboriginal Health Workers

Maningrida Progress Association
Ph: 08 8979 6060
Ph: 08 8979 5955

West Arnhem Shire Council
GPO Box 4246 Darwin NT 0801
Ph: 08 8979 9444