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The community is located approximately 440 km from Alice Springs by road and it takes 5 to 6 hours to drive there. There are two main routes. For the first route, travel from Alice Springs to Yuendumu via the Tanami Highway which is sealed  for the first 290 km  and the rest of the way is formed and largely gravelled with some sections not gravelled. From Yuendumu, Nyirripi is approximately 150 kilometres west-southwest. The turn off for the community is approximately 1 kilometre on the left from the Yuendumu turn off. The access road is 150 km of formed track, which is passable except in extreme wet conditions. This distance can generally be covered in about 2 hours. The second route also travels along the Tanami Highway until 23 kilometres past Tilmouth Wells roadhouse. Take the turn left on the Mt Wedge road, continue west on to Nyirripi. This road is all dirt.


The Northern Territory Government has put together resources to help your visit to community be successful.  Please have a look at the Remote Engagement and Coordination Strategy and Toolkit available from or

You can also go to our Visiting Communities page.

Community Plan

You can view the community's plan at Nyirripi Community Plan 2021.

Council Presence in Nyirripi

No. Staff: 12 people (83% Indigenous)

Local Authority: Lance Turner (Chair), Ben Gallagher (Deputy Chair), Alastair Turner, Judith Martin, Desmond Williams and Henry Wilson, Cr April Martin, Cr Jacob Spencer and Cr Freddy Williams.

Ward Councillors: Cr Warren Wiliams (Deputy President), Cr April Martin, Cr Jacob Spencer, Cr Freddy Williams.

Community Projects (2019/2020)

  • Softball oval upgrade with screen and grandstand completed
  • Additional softball oval upgrades with bench seats and table to be installed
  • In progress – 2000L potable water trailer for community events


Phone (08) 8956 8720
Fax (08) 8956 8739