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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 2nd - 5th August, 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. Phone (08) 8920 5100 or visit

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.

A permit is also required for the Cobourg Peninsula through Parks & Wildlife click here

For details on Road Conditions click here.

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