THE YUGUL MANGI PEOPLE WELCOME YOU TO NGUKURR, SOUTH EAST ARNHEM LAND
The Darlala Motel offers air conditioned accommodation in Ngukurr and is nestled on top of a ridge with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. The location provides a magnificent sunset vista.
The township of Ngukurr is located on the Roper River in South East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. It is situated 650 kms south east of Darwin via Katherine which is the closest regional centre some 310 kms away via the Stuart and Roper Highways.
The Darlala Motel is an economic development project of the Yugul Mangi Development Aboriginal Corporation under the direction of the leaders of the seven clans of Ngukurr. It forms part of the Yugul Mangi people’s aspirations to move away from government and welfare dependency. As guests you will be supporting the Yugul Mangi people’s aspirations.
As an Indigenous community run accommodation motel we ask all visitors to respect our country, place, motel rooms, culture and people. The staff of the motel are local residents and will go out of their way to ensure you have a wonderful experience, however, we ask that you remember where you are, that the motel is run by the community, to respect the cultural differences and to leave your western expectations and demands behind.
Enjoy your stay!
Directions: as you enter Ngukurr take the first right hand turn (keeping the school on your right) the motel is 250 meters ahead on the right.
Important words and their meanings:
Darlala means ‘windbreak’ – an important form of shelter for the peoples who traditionally lived in this area – in the languages Marra (rdalala) and Alawa (dalala). In Ngalakgan language, the traditional language of the Ngukurr area, rdalala means a windbreak for the purpose of ceremony.
Yugul Mangi has come to mean ‘we together as one’, and is a collective term that incorporates all of the nations who are represented here in Ngukurr.
Ngukurr is the Ngalakgan name for a rocky outcrop near the modern township of Ngukurr.