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A truly magical location! Explore a spectacular landscape with unspoilt shores and timeless culture. The scenery is beautiful and diverse, it includes rugged coastlines, remote islands, rivers teeming with fish, lush rainforest, towering escarpments and savannah woodland. Arnhem Land is made up of 91,000 square kilometres of unspoilt wilderness in the middle of Australia’s northern coast.

Must do:
•    View some of the most prized indigenous arts and crafts in the world, including the didgeridoo (Yidaki)
•    Meet Aboriginal people in their natural environment in places like Gunbalanya, Maningrida and Yirrkala
•    Witness spectacular wildlife,  scenery and rare birdlife then complete the day with a sunset you will never forget
•    Experience some of the best sports fishing - catch a Coral Trout, Red Emperor or Spanish Mackerel
•    Visit the ruins of early European settlement on secluded Cobourg Peninsula

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Arnhem Land is a habitat for abundant wildlife including salt water crocodiles, buffalo, dugong, nesting turtles and migratory birds. One of the last pristine areas in the world, its small population is predominantly Aboriginal people, whose traditional culture remains largely intact. The region is an exciting destination for travellers wanting authentic traditional cultural experiences.

There are many areas of historic significance including the ruins of an early European colony at Victoria Settlement in Garig Gunak Barlu National Park, on the secluded Cobourg Peninsula and the Black Point Cultural Centre which displays Aboriginal, Macassan and European histories of the area.

The town of Maningrida, on the north coast of Arnhem Land, is famous for its indigenous art. Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), one of the first stops east of Kakadu National Park, is an Aboriginal community where indigenous artists gather at the Injalak Art and Craft Centre. An open day is held in Oenpelli usually during July, when travellers can visit freely and enjoy the cultural activities without a permit.

The town of Nhulunbuy is located on the Gove Peninsula, it is a major service centre, providing accommodation, supplies and offers spectacular beaches and great fishing. The hugely popular annual Garma festival is held here from the 29th July to the 1st August 2016, this event is not to be missed!

Groote Eylandt is the largest of some 40 smaller islands scattered throughout the archipelago, where seldom-visited beaches, rainforests, swimming holes and tropical landscapes are ripe for exploration.

To enter Arnhem Land a PERMIT from the Northern Land Council (NLC) is required. 08 8920 5100 or visit www.nlc.org.au

Once you arrive into Nhulunbuy to visit any of the beaches you will require a permit from Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation 08 8939 2700 or apply online: - www.dhimurru.com.au/permits.html

A permit is also required for the Cobourg Peninsula through Parks & Wildlife www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/parks/find/gariggunak

For details on Road Conditions visit: www.ntlis.nt.gov.au/roadreport