Yuendumu community is located two hundred and ninety (290) kilometres northwest of Alice Springs on the Tanami Highway and has a population of approximately 1,300 people. The vast majority of the population is Walpiri People.
Yuendumu is the largest community in Central Australia, with the exception of Alice Springs, and is also one of the most studied communities in Australia. The Community Government area comprises 22,242 square kilometres and Traditional Owners control the land as part of self-determination with support from various Government Departments. Entry Permits are required by visitors intending to stay overnight or to visit for a greater period of time. The permit applications are available from the office of the Central Land Council.
Yuendumu has a school (primary and secondary), and a Health Clinic with a resident doctor.
Yuendumu has a large number of independent organisations including a media centre, a youth centre which originally concentrated on substance abuse, an arts centre and a women’s centre. PAW Media, Warukulangu Arts Centre and Mt Theo (youth centre), are all internationally recognised
There is a Police Station at Yuendumu. Council runs a Post Office and Centrelink agency.