Maningrida is one of the largest Aboriginal towns in the Northern Territory. It is situated approximately 500km east of Darwin in Arnhem Land, at the mouth of the Liverpool River.

A permanent settlement was established there in the late 1940s, originally as a trading post with Aboriginals in the area, and this was converted into a mission during the 1950s.

According to the Northern Territory Place Names Committee, 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." 

These days, the town is the major service centre for the region, with a school, health clinic, multiple food outlets and two supermarkets, service station, arts centre, creche, and a tarmac airport, with commercial flights operating daily to Darwin.

Small-scale tourism ventures, including cultural tours and fishing expeditions, operate out of Maningrida.  Apart from the town's population of approximately 2300 Maningrida also services about 30 outstations or homelands in the region.

West Arnhem Regional Council provides a range of services in Maningrida, including local government services, sport and recreation programs, rubbish collection and removal, parks and gardens maintenance, as well as providing housing maintenance and services on behalf of other government agencies. The Council also operates a 25-metre swimming pool in the town.

Click here for information on the Maningrida Local Board. 

Community Overview

292 (2011 Census) 

00km east of Darwin and 300km north east of Jabiru in Arnhem Land.

Languages spoken:
djébbana, Burarra, eastern Kunwinjku, English

aningrida is a major Aboriginal town in Arnhem Land, and has a school (Preschool to Year 12), health clinic, service station, convenience store and cafe, two supermarkets, police station, crèche facilities, and a community arts centre.

5-metre swimming pool, fishing, boating, hiking, arts and craft, sports ovals and basketball facilities

Year-road access via air - Air North runs a daily passenger service.
Weekly barge services from Darwin for freight.
ry season (Apr-Nov):
Road access.
Wet season (Dec-Mar):
The river crossing at Cahill’s Crossing, East Alligator River, is usually impassable.

News from Maningrida

Agencies team up for Australia Day

AUSTRALIA Day long weekend celebrations got underway in Maningrida with a Junior
Football game and free barbecue held on Saturday, January 25.

AFL NT Regional Development Officer Maningrida Bernie Price congratulated all involved on a great morning for the kids. The success of the event reiterated the the importance of inter-agency cooperation, he said.

Over the 11th and 12th October Maningrida came into its own with the inaugural Lurr’a Festival, featuring junior and senior footy competitions, family fun day with ‘Hoops for Health’, bungul (traditional dance), bush tucker feast, youth dance off, fun run and finally a rock concert. 

New fire truck increases capacity in Maningrida

The remote Arnhem Land community of Maningrida has a new tool in its emergency services kit, with the arrival of a fire truck.

The truck was officially commissioned at a community ceremony on Friday 20th September in Maningrida.

The purchase was made possible through a $92,000 grant from the Australian Government’s Indigenous Remote Service Delivery account (through the former department FaHCSIA).