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Airnorth operates daily flights Sunday to Friday to Gove from Cairns (1 hour 40 minutes) and Darwin (1 hour 10 minutes), which connect with flights from other capital cities. AirNorth also operates a range of regular air services from Darwin to major East Arnhem communities including Milingimbi, Galiwinku and Groote Eylandt.
The Central Arnhem Rd turn off is situated 50km south of Katherine on the Stuart Highway. The distance is 710 km between Katherine & Nhulunbuy through Central Arnhem Land. There is only one fuel stop 240 km from Katherine at Mainoru Outback Store (500 km South of Gove/Nhulunbuy). To travel the Central Arnhem Road (4WD only) requires crossing many 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.
DAY 1 (Thursday) Feeling arty
Welcome to Nhulunbuy, now it’s time to get settled. Head on over to The Walkabout Lodge and Campgrounds. Here you can pitch a tent in the camper trailer park, which contains 12 powered sites, or book a lovely room within the lodge. Relax with a cocktail while the kids swim in the pool or sit down for a delicious meal at the in-house restaurant Latitude 12. The Walkabout Lodge is conveniently located near the town centre precinct (a short 200m walk), where you can obtain all your shopping, banking and postal requirements.
Once you are settled, your next step is to obtain a permit from Dhimurru Land Management so you can explore all our beautiful surroundings. This can be done via the Dhimurru website in the permits section or at their headquarters Lot 1620 Arnhem Road, Nhulunbuy. We recommend a trip out the Yirrkala to the Buku-Larrngay Mulka Art Center in Yirrkala. Walk through collections of tens of thousands of historical images and films as well as new digital product, handcrafted art and screen-printing. Their opening hours are: 8 am – 4.30 pm, Monday – Friday. And 9 am – 12pm on Saturdays.
DAY 2 (Friday) Down by the river
After a solid nights sleep, it’s time to explore! First stop is the beautiful Latrum River, a stream that winds its way through an open Eucalyptus forest. The floor of the stream is generally shallow and clear with deeper waterholes in some places. Swing from the trees or wave through the waters whilst enjoying the sounds of the surrounding wilderness. A composting toilet is also now available on site. Before you arrive, make sure you have your general permit obtained from Dhimurru and that access is possible especially if you have arrived during the wet season. After a lazy day in the sun, the Gove Peninsula Surf Club is walking distance from the Walkabout Campgrounds and is a great place for dinner and drinks on a Friday. If it’s just you and your partner, check out the Arnhem Club or the Walkabout Lodge for a game of pool and a boogie.
DAY 3 (Saturday) By the sea
Feeling like camping overnight by the sea? We recommend heading down to one of our beautiful beaches just an hour out of Nhulunbuy. Choose from pristine Little Bondi, secluded Turtle Beach, the open waters of Maccassan’s or something a little quieter like Daliwuy Bay. These areas are equipped with camping grounds, tables and toilet access. Make sure you have your general permit from Dhimurru to get to these areas.
DAY 4 (Sunday) Beauty by the bay
After waking up to see the sunrise – its time to head back to the Walkabout Campgrounds. But before the journey ends, make sure you end your stay with a delicious dinner at the Waterfront Kitchen at the Boat Club. You better be hungry, as the servings are generous and make sure you get there in time for sunset over the bay.