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Fishing is a major drawcard for the region and Gove Peninsula as well as the Gulf of Carpentaria off the coast of Groote Eylandt offers some of the best sportfishing in the world. Fish are abundant – catches include red emperor, spanish mackerel and coral trout. A range of fishing charters are available from half day to extended island safaris – or boat hire can be arranged for a self-guided trip. The fishing in the region is all about options and something can be arranged to suit individual needs – talk to one of the licensed tour operators.

Air Services

Airnoth has daily jet services to Gove airport from Cairns and Darwin. The Cairns-Gove flight is one hour and forty minutes and the Darwin-Gove flight is one hour and ten minutes. Airnorth also has daily direct flight services from Darwin to Groote Eylandt and the flight time is one hour and thirty minutes. Nhulunbuy and Groote, return airport transfers available for a nominal fee. Charter flights are also available to Arnhem Land from a range of operators.
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Touring the Region

The pristine environment can be enjoyed overland with eco-tours encompassing Yolngu culture and art, birds, flora and fauna. Other activities include scenic flights over spectacular landscapes, bushwalking, beachcombing, four-wheel driving, surfing and fishing.

Travelling Overland

To travel the Central Arnhem Road (four-wheel drive only) requires crossing many Yolngu clan lands and a permit from the Northern Land Council (NLC) is required. There is no cost for this permit but it is necessary to monitor the numbers of people on the road to maintain this region. Contact the Northern Land Council in Nhulunbuy on (08) 8986 8500
Visitors to the recreation beach and river areas require a visitor’s permit and should contact Dhimurru Land Management
Aboriginal Corporation / Nhulunbuy on (08) 8393 2700. Penalties apply for travelling throughout the region without a permit and visitors are requested to respect the wishes of the Traditional Land Owners.
Arnhem Land is scenic and enjoyable. If you’re seeking adventure or simply a relaxing time, this is the place to visit.

Baringura – Little Bondi

Visitors to the Gove Peninsula will be amazed by the quality of the beaches, ideal for picnics, and day trips. Daliwuy (Daliwoi Bay) is a popular fishing spot with the locals. Ngumuy (Turtle Beach) is a beautiful, sheltered sandy cove and Garanhan (Macassan Beach) has a historical link with the Macassan sea traders.
Note: Visitor’s permit required.


Gayngaru is an area of lagoon wetlands extending some seven kilometres parallel to the beachfront. The lagoon, home to around 200 species of birds, has an over-water observation platform providing an ideal hideaway for keen bird watchers. A marked walking trail offers easy access for those on foot. Guided interpretive tours are available.
Note: Permits not required.

Roy Marika Lookout

The Roy Marika Lookout offers visitors the opportunity to take in the extensive panoramic views of the town and its surroundings. Take time to look over the lagoon wetlands with their abundance of birdlife, the activity on Gove Harbour, the coastline, the town centre and the Gove buaxite mining operation. Note: Visitor’s permit required.


Groote Eylandt


Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria in remote Arnhem Land, 650 kilometres east of Darwin, is one of Australia’s last untouched wilderness areas. The third-largest island in Australia, Groote Eylandt is known for its pristine natural and marine environment, spectacular scenery, Aboriginal art and culture, and some of the best fishing in the world. There are daily direct flight services from Darwin to Groote Eylandt, the flight time is one hour and thirty minutes.On the Island of Groote Eylandt the main townAlyangula is surrounded by waters that are a fishing mecca and home to some of Australia’s most prolific Aboriginal Rock art. When visiting Groote Eylandt, no permit is required.

Nature as it should be

Pristine beaches, rugged sandstone plateaus,Pristine beaches, rugged sandstone plateaus,open woodland, monsoon vine forests, riparian woodlands, paperbark swamps and red sand hills.Surrounding the island in the aqua waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria is an equally special marine environment with complex reef systems that support an abundance of fish and other marine species.


The Gulf of Carpentaria off the coast of Groote The Gulf of Carpentaria off the coast of Groote Eylandt offers some of the best sportfishing in the world. Ideal breeding habitats—the archipelago’s fringing coral reefs, rocky headlands and sand islands create plenty of sheltered breeding areas for bait fish. This abundance of bait is what brings in the big sportfish anglers love to catch.

Connection to country

Spend some time at the Aboriginal cultural centre. Spend some time at the Aboriginal cultural centre. The local aboriginal people (Anindilyakwa people) communicate their traditions and stories through art, and a local aboriginal art and craft centre showcases these stories through art styles that are unique to the Groote Eylandt archipelago.

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