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Arnhem Land is a vast region located on Australia’s Top End and bounded by Kakadu National Park, and the coastline of the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria. Covering some 91,000 square kilometres it is Aboriginal-owned and encompasses some spectacular scenery of lush rainforests, soaring escarpments, savannah woodland, rivers teeming with fish and supporting wildlife, wild coastlines and deserted islands.

The residents in this region are predominantly indigenous, who retain much of their traditional Aboriginal culture. The didjeridu originated in Arnhem Land, whilst the region is also world renowned for its distinctive Aboriginal art.
 

There are a number of Indigenous groups in this region, including the Burarra people whose land is the central north Arnhem Land. The Kunibídji people are from the North Central Arnhem Land. Other groups include the Dangbon and the Nakara people.

The Aboriginal people in the East Arnhem Land area (including the Gove Peninsula) area call themselves Yolngu. The rich diversity of culture in this area is reflected by the large number of different clan groups and some 40 clan languages in the north-east Arnhem Land alone.

This region means many things to many people, and provides a unique destination for a real territory adventure. With tourists flying in or visiting on a four-wheel drive tour, there is also the option to experience your own four-wheel drive adventure (April to September only). You will of course need to apply to the Northern Land Council for a permit (allow two weeks for processing). They will also be able to advise of the best places to camp.

The region was named by Matthew Flinders after the Dutch ship ‘Arnhem’.

Source: Northern Territory Travel - Kakadu and Arnhem Land
East Arnhem Land - Traditional Land Owners

CIn addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Tourism Top End - Darwin

Katherine Region Tourist Association

Northern Land Council
Ph: 1800 645 299

Arnhem Land / Arnhemland Attractions

East Arnhem Land
The Gove Peninsula is beautiful scenic location of East Arnhem Land. A region of over 100,000 sq km, it is home to the Yolngu Aboriginal people. This vast area provides a spectacular wilderness destination whose long white sandy beaches end in the azure waters and is where the Gulf of Carpentaria meet the Arafura Sea.
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Arnhem Land Events

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Garma Festival
• Ph: 08 8941 1088 • Email
• August
Garma is an intimate, spectacular celebration of cultural traditions and practices – dance, song, music, and art and the venue for a the sharing of ‘Indigenous Culture’ through the sharing of knowledge and real cultural interaction. The celebration provides a unique line-up of entertainment and it is a privilege to experience ‘Garma’.

Held at Gulkula, near Nhulunbuy, in northeast Arnhem Land, this is one of Australia’s most significant Indigenous festivals. The Garma Festival attracts around 20 clan groups from north east Arnhem Land, as well as representatives from clan groups and neighbouring Indigenous peoples throughout Arnhem Land, the Northern Territory and Australia. Non-Indigenous Australians, and international visitors are also welcomed to the annual Garma Festival, however you are required to complete the online ‘Expression of Interest’ form. Book early as places are limited.

Garma is a Yolngu word, describing a ‘two way learning process’.
 
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