Easier than you think to get there, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, number #92 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet‘. Nominated by: Lee Atkinson, Australia’s premier road tripping expert.
You might think a road trip to East Arnhem Land “is off limits, just because you need to get a few permits before you leave home,” says Lee Atkinson. But East Arnhem Land is home to the fourth-largest town in the Territory (Nhulunbuy, also known as Gove) and it’s easier and more worthwhile to get to than you think, she says. Here’s why:
• “The permits are easy to organise online. Head to the Northern Land Council’s site; to apply.”
• “There are some extraordinary indigenous tours and experiences on offer. The Yolngu Art Centre at Yirrkala (a town 18 kilometres south-east of Nhulunbuy) is absolutely amazing.”
• “Your permit allows you to camp, for free, in several areas – most right on the beach. Some campgrounds have only one site, so you’re guaranteed to have the place to yourself.”
• “You don’t necessarily have to camp. There’s plenty of accommodation at Gove and several small spots to stop off at, such as Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge.
• “There are several amazing ways to immerse yourself in Yolngu land through newly launched Lirrwi Tours, a local indigenous-owned company with a mission to ‘connect Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people’.”
• “Caravans aren’t allowed on Central Arnhem Road – which means no traffic.”
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