Yarralin, Northern Territory

Yarralin, also known as Walangeri, is a remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory of Australia. At the 2016 census, Yarralin had a population of 293.[1] The community is located on the banks of the Wickham River, about 15 km (9 mi) west of Victoria River Downs, a major cattle station along the Buchanan Highway.

Northern Territory
Coordinates16°26′49″S 130°53′00″E
Population293 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Victoria Daly Region
Territory electorate(s)Stuart
Federal Division(s)Lingiari

The community is diverse, with several indigenous language groups including Gurindji, Ngarinyman, Bilinara and Mudburra represented among the residents of Yarralin.[2] Archeological evidence and oral histories of the area surrounding the modern community indicate that Yarralin was (and remains) an important link in a traditional network for trade and exchange of goods and culture between indigenous peoples across the Northern Territory.[3]

Yarralin is a service centre for the surrounding area and facilities available in the community include a school, health clinic, post office, police station, airstrip, community store and sports fields.


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Yarralin (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  2. "Yarralin". Katherine West Health Board Aboriginal Corporation. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  3. Paton, Robert (March 2013). "Dreaming History for the Pelican: The Deep History of Aboriginal Trade and Exchange Networks in the Top End of the Northern Territory". Australian National University. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
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