The historic township of Larrimah, located 250 kilometres south of Katherine, is a pleasant stop along the Stuart Highway. Its traditional owners are the Yangman Aboriginal people, whose descendants live today in the nearby community of Wubuluwan and in other communities around the region. The Yangaman people believe Dreaming tracks of the Storm Bird (a Channel Bill Cuckoo) helped create the surrounding landscape. John McDouall Stuart explored this area in the late 1800s but the township of Larrimah didn’t spring up until 1940, when Gorrie Airfield was constructed here to service the war effort. Prior to World War II, the now lost town of Birdum was located just south of Larrimah.
Larrimah means ‘meeting place’ in the Yangaman language and the town enjoyed a brief post war boom as a railhead and service provider to surrounding cattle stations. A stop in Larrimah demands a visit to the local hotel that was built using materials from the dismantled Birdum Hotel. It houses the highest bar in the Northern Territory, and is immediately recognisable thanks to the Pink Panther sitting outside. Budget hotel rooms, caravan sites and camping sites, meals and beverages are available. For traditional country fare, drop in to Fran’s Devonshire Teahouse after exploring the Old Police Station Museum.