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Minjilang is the name of the Aboriginal town on Croker Island, situated just off the Cobourg Peninsula, approximately 250km north-east of Darwin.

Situated in the luminescent Arafura Sea, Croker Island is home to abundant wildlife and flora that inhabit the beaches, wetlands, swamps and native bushland.

Approximately 265 people live on Croker Island, and many of whom speak Iwaidja, Mawng, Kunwinjku, Kuninjku and English.

West Arnhem Regional Council provides a range of local government services in Minjilang including road maintenance and repair, parks and gardens maintenance, sport and recreation services, access to Centrelink, community care programs and other services on behalf of government agencies. Please note, the Minjilang Crèche is closed until June 2024.



Minjilang Crèche - closed until June 2024

Minjilang Crèche provides a range of childcare services to children aged from 0 – 5 years. Crèche operates as a form of introduction to early childhood education and is important for children to learn the foundations before they go to preschool. Minjilang Crèche employs local Aboriginal staff.


The Crèche provides:

Full care 5 days a week for children aged 0-5 years


Operating Hours:

Monday-Friday: 8.00am to 2.00pm

To enrol your child in Crèche, please see the friendly staff at the centre or call (08) 8979 9444.

Community overview


265 (2021 Census)


240km north east of Darwin, 150km north of Jabiru, off the Arnhem Land coast.

Languages spoken

Iwaidja, Kunwinjku and some Mawng, English.


Minjilang is the main Aboriginal settlement on Croker Island and has a school, health clinic, convenience store, community hall, and airport.


Fishing, community sports facilities and ovals, walking.


Year-round air access with FlyTiwi running a daily passenger service to Darwin; weekly barge services from Darwin for freight.

More information

Minjilang Council Office on (08) 8970 3500 or email

Visitor Accommodation

West Arnhem Regional Council offers Visitor Accommodation Services to contractors and other authorised visitors to West Arnhem communities at commercial rates.