Project Update

Hermannsburg is ranked as one of the most important historical sites in the Northern Territory and is one of only five nationally-listed NT heritage sites. The Hermannsburg Region, well known as the home of artist Albert Namatjira, boasts a long and interesting history between German missionaries and local Aboriginal people.

The investment into the region will assist with much needed repairs on the one hundred and forty year old buildings located within the Historical Precinct. The 16 significant buildings preserved and still standing at the site have had conservation priorities determined with major restoration work and upgrades set to commence early 2019.

The area will also receive new interpretive displays to better share the history and stories of the Lutheran Mission and Aranda people.

Emergency restoration works have already been completed on the popular Kata Anga Café which included:

  • upgrades to electrical and plumbing systems
  • replacement of failed plant
  • improvements to the decking area
  • kitchen renovations.

The Precinct currently charges a small visitor entry fee to assist with the costs of maintaining the buildings, but as the process for restoration and ongoing maintenance can be costly, the additional injection of turbocharging funds will go a long way to ensuring the site is preserved for future generations.


  • Consultant’s report on a comprehensive accommodation plan completed.
  • Tender for Salt Incursion works underway
  • Tender for Interpretation Plan Design underway
  • Tender for Services/Condition report on buildings within Precinct has been awarded to a Darwin Company.
  • Kata Anga Café upgrades completed.