Galiwin'ku is the main town centre on Elcho Island.

The people of Galiwin'ku retain their tradition and culture for future generations by strict traditional methods, through education and embrace the wider Australian community.

The community has a football field and a basketball court which is well utilised.

The island is landscaped with pristine beaches and the waterways offer an abundance of fishing and recreational activities.


There is preschool, primary school, secondary education at the well resourced Shepherdson College. Access to School of the air is also provided to eligible students.


The local clinic is staffed by registered nurses. A doctor rotates through the district for four week blocks and a dentist visits once a month. Aero medical flights to Darwin and Nhulunbuy are available in cases of medical emergency.


  • Elcho Island Arts Centre