The community is located at the mouth of the Rose River on the western coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria, and adjacent to the extreme SW coast of Groote Eylandt. Numbulwar is approximately 400 km east of Katherine, 570 km south east of Darwin and 250 km south west of Nhulunbuy.

During the dry season the community can be accessed by road. Travel time from Darwin via Katherine along the Roper Highway is approximately 10-12 hours via the Roper River and Ngukurr communities. Travel time from Nhulunbuy via Walker River and Harris Creek is approximately 4-6 hours. In both cases a 4wd is essential. Numbulwar is also accessible by air and has an all weather, sealed airstrip linked to the community via a 5 km dirt road which can become impassable at times during the wet season. Travel time to Alyangula, Groote Eylandt: 30 min, to Nhulunbuy 1 hour. There is a fortnightly freight barge service from Darwin to Numbulwar.

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