Tourism NT & Rachael Stewart
Northern Territory
Arnhem Land Rich in Aboriginal culture, breathtaking scenery and rare wildlife, Arnhem Land is untamed, spiritual and diverse.
Arnhem Land. What an incredible and blessed place. Nestled along the remote coast of northern Australia, Arnhem Land stands as a gateway to the ancient heritage and raw beauty of the continent. This vast expanse of untamed wilderness is a playground for intrepid travelers seeking an authentic encounter with Australia's rich Aboriginal culture and pristine natural wonders. From its shimmering coastal beaches to its rugged escarpments and thriving wildlife, Arnhem Land invites you on a captivating journey through time. As you venture into this remote corner of the world, prepare to be captivated by the deep connection between the land and its indigenous custodians. Arnhem Land is home to several Aboriginal clans who have maintained their cultural traditions and spirituality for over 60,000 years. Immerse yourself in their ancient rituals, storytelling, and vibrant art that adorns the rocks and bark of the region. The rock art at Ubirr and Nourlangie will transport you back to an era when Aboriginal people left their indelible mark on the land, a testament to their enduring legacy. Arnhem Land's pristine landscapes are as diverse as they are breathtaking. Begin your adventure on the sun-kissed shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria, where pristine beaches stretch as far as the eye can see. Wade into the turquoise waters, surf the rolling waves, or cast a line in pursuit of the elusive barramundi, a prized catch for avid anglers. Don't be surprised if you spot a graceful sea turtle or a playful dolphin frolicking in the surf as you explore this untamed coastline. As you venture further inland, the untamed wilderness of Arnhem Land reveals itself in all its splendor. Towering escarpments and ancient gorges punctuate the landscape, inviting intrepid hikers to explore their hidden depths. The iconic Twin Falls in Kakadu National Park provides a refreshing oasis amidst the rugged terrain, where you can take a dip in crystal-clear plunge pools surrounded by lush vegetation. The majesty of Jim Jim Falls, with its dramatic 200-meter drop, is sure to leave you in awe as you witness the sheer power of nature. The abundant wildlife of Arnhem Land is a testament to the region's untouched ecosystems. Embark on a wildlife safari and catch glimpses of iconic Australian creatures in their natural habitat. From the striking saltwater crocodile to the iconic kangaroo and the elusive platypus, the region's diverse fauna will enchant nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Keep your binoculars handy as you explore the wetlands, where an array of bird species, including the vibrant rainbow bee-eater and the majestic Jabiru, take flight. No journey through Arnhem Land would be complete without savoring the flavors of the land. Taste traditional bush tucker and learn about the indigenous plants that have sustained the Aboriginal people for centuries. Sample the tangy quandong fruit, savor the unique flavors of kangaroo or emu, and let your taste buds revel in the freshness of locally sourced seafood. Share stories around a campfire under the twinkling outback sky, connecting with the land and its people through the language of food. Arnhem Land is a testament to the timelessness of Australia's wilderness. It is a place where ancient traditions and contemporary life coexist, where rugged landscapes and vibrant cultures merge. As you traverse this remote and magical land, let its beauty seep into your soul, and its stories ignite a sense of wonder within you. Arnhem Land beckons you to embark on a journey that will forever change your perception of the world, leaving you with memories that will endure long after you have bid farewell to this captivating corner of Australia.
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Discover Aboriginal artists at the Aboriginal Anindilyakwa Arts
Anindilyakwa Arts was established in 2005 by the Anindilyakwa Land Council to support local artists to promote and sell their artwork. Anindilyakwa Arts is now a thriving hub of creativity - currently representing the work of over 100 Anindilyakwa artists. The art centre operates across Angurugu, Umbakumba & Milyakburra communities as well as supporting artists who live on homeland outstations across the archipelago. The Art Centre's gallery is located at the Groote Eylandt Lodge (Dugong Beach Resort). Groote Eylandt archipelago is a small collection of islands south-west of Nhulunbuy township and is aboriginal reserve land represented managed by the Anindilyakwa Land Council. Items available through Anindilyakwa Art include naturally hand-dyed textiles, paintings (ochres and acrylics on canvas, bark and shells), weavings, handcrafted jewellery, ceremonial and traditional wood works and carvings (spears, woomeras, coolamons, clap sticks, miniature canoes, didgeridoos, boomerangs and carved animals).
Learn about Aboriginal Culture at the Buku Larrnggay Mulka Centre
The Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, located in Yirrkala near Nhulunbuy, houses a collection of Yolngu, Aboriginal, bark paintings, carvings and artefacts. The museum includes the original church panels that are of great historical and cultural significance. There is also an extensive history of Yolngu service in World War II and a collection of stories and petitions relating to the Yirrikala area. The centre also has a retail outlet.
Gayngaru Wetlands Interpretive Walk
Find out more about the fascinating world of an East Arnhem Land wetland on the Gayngaru Wetlands Interpretive Walk. Secrete yourself away in a bird hide to watch the birds that visit the lagoon, or take the winter or tropical summer walks past informative signs. The walk circumnavigates a lagoon that is frequented by over 200 species of birds. Along the path, there are two viewing platforms and a bird hide. Learn about the area's plant life. Signs along the way explain the bush food and bush medicine used by local Aboriginal people. Gayngaru was once a popular and fertile hunting area for the Yolngu people. Today you will see middens consisting of fragments of shellfish, molluscs and oyster shells at favourite camping sites. The tranquil lagoon was a source of freshwater and food. The men hunted the gurrumatji (magpie geese) and as well as minhala (long-necked freshwater tortoise). The women collected waterlilies and water chestnuts. Pick up an interpretative booklet from the Visitor Information Centre. The length of the walk varies depending on the season and the lagoon's water levels, but there is plenty to see at any time of the year.
Have a unique experience at the Groote Eylandt Lodge
Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria is known for its pristine natural and marine environment, spectacular scenery, Aboriginal art and culture, and some of the best fishing in the world. The traditional owners of the Groote Eylandt archipelago region are the Warnindilyakwa people, referred to by their language name, Anindilyakwa. Groote Eylandt Lodge offers quality waterfront accommodation, incorporating Seagrass Restaurant a conference suite, day spa, art centre and cultural experiences, and Sports Fishing Operation. World-class fishing The archipelago and its natural environment is unique, with pristine beaches, spring water swimming holes, open woodland, rainforest and dunes. The marine environment surrounding the island has complex reef systems and a rich fishery. Why it's a fishing mecca It's isolated-zero pressure from commercial fishing operators and virtually none from recreational anglers mean fish stocks around Groote are incredibly healthy. Ideal breeding habitats-the archipelago's fringing coral reefs, rocky headlands and sand islands create plenty of sheltered breeding areas for baitfish. This abundance of bait is what brings in the big sportfish anglers love to catch. Every tropical species is here-sailfish, marlin, Spanish mackerel, huge GTs, mangrove Jacks, golden snapper, queenfish and the mighty barramundi.
True remote beauty - Dhimurru Recreational Area
The Recreation Areas managed by Dhimurru offers a wide range of settings, from sandy white beaches and rugged coastline to expanses of open forests and shaded inland waterways. There are opportunities for fishing, boating, camping, walking and exploring the diverse vegetation and landscape. Recreation destinations are signposted. Anyone wanting to visit these Recreation Areas must obtain a Dhimurru General Permit before they go. Dhimurru is an incorporated Aboriginal organisation established by Yolngu land-owners in Northeast Arnhem Land, Australia. The office is located in Nhulunbuy (Gove).
Cruise the East Alligator River
Kakadu Cultural Tours are owned and operated by Djabulukgu Association representing the Traditional Owners of Northern Kakadu and parts of Western Arnhem Land. We specialise in Aboriginal cultural & nature-based cruises, tours & wilderness lodge accommodation in this World Heritage Area. Guests travel in small groups by comfortable 4WD vehicles & boats, escorted by expert guides, predominantly Aboriginal, ensuring high standards of service & unique cultural experience. The Guluyambi Cultural Cruise is a unique boat tour on Kakadu’s scenically spectacular East Alligator River. Take in the wonderful pristine wilderness of this World Heritage landscape as you leisurely cruise upstream. An Aboriginal guide provides guests with an insight into their culture & local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain, traditional uses for many plants & animals as well as bush survival skills. Disembark on the Arnhem Land side of the river for a display of traditional hunting & gathering implements. Limited to just 25 guests, the Cruise ensures an intimate & personalised cultural experience.
Experience one of Australia’s most remote resorts at the Banubanu
Banubanu is located on Bremer Island, in North East Arnhem Land, with flights into Nhulunbuy from Darwin and Cairns – a 15-minute flight will get you to Bremer Island from Nhulunbuy. The resort offers glamping next to world-class beaches, with five private beachfront rooms and an exclusive elevated penthouse. All rooms are fan-cooled with ensuites and beachfront decks. This exclusive resort accommodates only 12 guests at a time with an elevated restaurant, bar and pool overlooking the western bay, which offers stunning views of the Arafura Sea. All meals are prepared by a qualified chef who serves unforgettable dining experiences. Activities to be enjoyed at the resort include bluewater fishing, cultural tours, birdwatching and turtle nesting or you can simply relax in paradise and escape form reality.
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