The Mudburra are an indigenous Australian people of the Northern territory.


Mudburra is one of the far eastern forms of the Pama-Nyungan Ngumbin languages.[1]


The Mudburra dwelt in the thick scrub area near and west of the Murranji Track (the Ghost Road of the Drovers) and held in Tindale's estimation some 10,000 square miles (26,000 km2) of land, centered on the junction of the Armstrong River and the upper Victoria River at a place called Tjambutjambulani. Their northern reach ran as far as Top Springs, their frontier to the south lay at Cattle Creek. In an east-west axis, their land extended from near Newcastle Waters to the Camfield River.[2]

Alternative names

  • Mudbura
  • Mudbara
  • Mudbera
  • Mudbra
  • Mudburra
  • Moodburra, Mootburra
  • Madbara
  • Mulpira. (Iliaura exonym).[2]




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