Yirrkala is on the east coast of the Gove peninsula in north-east Arnhem Land, 18 km south of Nhulunbuy. Many people live intermittently between Yirrkala and surrounding homelands.


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Traditional owners

Rirratjingu Clan



Gumurr Miwatj



Yolngu Matha



Yananymul Mununggurr

Barayuwa Mununggurr

Banambi Wunungmurra

Uniting Church


Homeland Schools

Phone: 8987 1224
Hours: 8am - 4pm weekdays


Council office

Phone: 08 8939 2400
Hours: 8.00am – 4.00pm weekdays 

Municipal shed

Phone: 8939 2411
Hours: 8am – 4pm weekdays


Animal Management

ANZAC memorial

Arts centre

Phone: 8987 1701
Hours: Mon – Fri 8am – 4.30pm
Sat 9am – 12pm


Yirrkala Community School
Phone: 8987 1988

Baniyala Garrangali School (Yilpara community)
Phone: 8987 9114

Yirrkala Homeland School
Phone: 8987 1224 

Op shop

Phone: 0430 343 897
Various opening hours

Health clinic

Miwatj Health

Phone: 8987 2650
Hours: Mon – Thu 8.30am – 4.30pm
Fri: 8.30am – 12.30pm


Aged care

Phone: 8987 3347
Hours: 8am – 3pm weekdays


Families as First Teachers (FAFT)

The Families as First Teachers (FaFT) program is an early learning and family support program for remote Indigenous families. 

The aim of FaFT is to improve developmental outcomes for remote Indigenous children by working with families and children prior to school entry.

Youth drop-in centre

Phone: 8987 8399
Hours: 10am – 6pm weekdays

Boat ramp

Rika Park



Bunuwul Group

Phone: 8987 3433


Phone: 8987 3112
Hours: 8am - 7pm weekdays
9am - 2pm weekends

Childcare centre

Phone: 8987 8000
Hours: Mon – Thu 8am – 4.30pm
Fri 8am – 2.30pm Friday

Basketball courts





Lirriwi Tourism

General enquiries and bookings can be made by phone.

Phone: 8987 2828
Hours: Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm

Laynhapuy Homelands

Phone: 8939 1800
Hours: Mon – Fri 8am – 4.30pm