Lake Evella

Lake Evella bush image


Lake Evella Police Station is located in north-eastern Arnhem Land, adjacent to Lake Evella, 25km south of the head of Buckingham Bay and about the same distance south-west of Arnhem Bay. A tropical climate with ‘wet and dry’ seasons, and temperatures 21-38 degrees with extreme humidity in the build-up period. In the dry season, conditions are more pleasant with temperatures ranging from 16 to 30 degrees.

In the late 1950s, Lake Evella was established for the purpose of supplying timber for use by missions in the region. It grew larger when it became an outstation of Galiwin'ku, and became permanently settled by 1968. Lake Evella is a traditional community with a strong ceremonial life.

There is an arts centre with a full-time manager that sells the work of local artists worldwide. Artwork includes pandanus weaving, paintings, bark paintings, didgeridoo and jewellery.

General Policing

General duties involve highway traffic patrols targeting alcohol and illicit drugs coming into the community, remote area patrols, marine patrols, MVR work and community relations.

Members are also involved in community engagements, police education and school attendance programs.

Court occurs once every three months.

At a glance

  • Permanent Police Station
    (1 x Remote Sergeant – 2 x Constable – 1 x ACPO – 1 x ALO)

  • NTES base with full road crash rescue trailer and vehicle

  • Gapuwiyak School - Preschool to Year 12

  • Well stocked ALPA store and takeaway

  • Mail delivered Monday, Wednesday and Friday

  • Sealed airstrip with regular flights to Darwin

  • Barge service once a fortnight

  • Fuel available

  • Local clinic

Recreation Activities

  • Fishing 
  • Swimming
  • Hunting
  • Camping


The Station, officially opened in July 2013, and is a state-of-the-art facility, boasting general policing offices, multi-function facility, secure and modern cell-block and a high tech communications capability.

The facilities include four fully self-contained Visiting Officers Quarters (VOQ) and four large four bedroom homes with large yards.

The large compound also has extensive shedding, communications tower and back-up generator power for the station and VOQs.


Gapuwiyak School caters for children from preschool to Year 12. There is schooling to Year 12, however most Government employees tend to home school or have their children enrolled in boarding school.


The local clinic is staffed by three full-time and two casual registered nurses. A doctor from Monday to Friday and a dentist visits once every two months. CareFlight services the area in cases of medical emergency.