The Gove Boat Club is the sailor’s gateway to the Northern Territory. Located in Melville Bay – 12 kilometres from the town of Nhulunbuy, at the top of the Gulf of Carpentaria – the club caters to local and visiting yachts as well as local boating enthusiasts. Facilities at the Gove Boat Club include a dining venue and bar, not to mention one of the best sunset views in the region!
Visiting sailors are always made welcome at the Gove Boat Club and many extend their stay to take in the surrounding region of East Arnhem Land.
If you are keen to try your hand at boating, but don’t know a jib from the tiller, you are invited to join a crew for a day of fun.
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THE WATERFRONT KITCHEN
The Waterfront Kitchen serves an impressive menu and specials on a regular basis. The quality of their food and service never disappoints. Takeaway food also available.
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During the dry season, The Surf Club bar is the ultimate relaxing spot for a social mingle on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons. Friday night BBQs are voluntarily run by members of the club and everyone is welcome to join in on the fun. It’s a fantastic example of the amazing sense of community we have here in East Arnhem Land.
The location of the club grounds offer a spectacular view overlooking the Arafura Sea, across to Bremer Island.
The club is also available for private functions for club members and their guests – it’s an extremely popular spot for birthday parties and other special gatherings.
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Gove Country Golf Club Club, is located 5 minutes from the town centre. The club has hosted many Pro-Am tournaments and today the 54 hole handicap Gove Gulf Amateur Open attracts visitors from throughout the NT and interstate.
At the Walkabout Lodge & Tavern you’ll be within a short 5-minute stroll of Nhulunbuy township. Highlights at this beachfront lodge include 2 restaurants, 2 bars/lounges, and an outdoor swimming pool. The Lodge provides guest accommodation and function facilities to cater for weddings, small to medium conferences and seminars and other special events.
A camper trailer park with 12 powered sites & amenities block is available for campers exploring the region by four wheel drive during the dry season
Spend the day at the beach and enjoy the onsite nightclub. Added amenities include a coffee shop/cafe and laundry facilities. There’s also the convenience of free self parking.
LATITUDE 12 RESTAURANT & BAR
Suitably named after Nhulunbuy’s geographical location, Latitude 12 Restaurant has great service and even better food. With a regularly updated eclectic menu, you can’t go wrong at Latitude 12.
Nestled within The Walkabout Lodge, this classy dining experience remains comfortable and relaxing.
Whether you’re in need of a celebratory night with your mates or a meal that the whole family can enjoy; Latitude 12 is the place to go!
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Situated in the centre of town, you can enjoy a drink or two with a welcoming local vibe and great company. The Tavern screens live sporting events regularly and has one of the best beer gardens in town. Its large capacity allows them to often host community events (18+) where locals can enjoy beers and a barbeque.
On the weekend, The Tavern turns into The Jam Nightclub, which naturally draws in a slightly younger crowd. With local and interstate DJs playing regularly, The Jam is a great opportunity to go out and enjoy a city-like nightclub environment. If you’re looking for the most happening place to be on a Friday night; this is probably it.
The Three C’s Café is found ‘uptown’ in the Captain Cook Shopping Centre – just a 2 minute drive from Endeavour Square (endearingly referred to by the locals as ‘downtown’).
This café is the place to be on any given morning of the week. Their beautiful outdoor setting provides a comfortable place for friends and families to catch up and enjoy the subtle sea breeze.
Their all-day breakfast and lunch menu is mouthwateringly satisfying and their eggs benedict is arguably the best in town. Their huge menu offers something for everyone, including those on strict health kicks.
You can count on 3C’s to always deliver beautiful presentation, all-star service and, most importantly, great food and beverages!
Sunday Buffet Breakfast available from 8:00 – 11:00am.
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The one and only Peninsula Bakery & Café provides the town with a hot supply of bread, pies and other goodies, made fresh every day!
These guys offer some of the tastiest homemade pies you’ll ever come across. There is certainly no shortage of sweets, including buns, eclairs, donuts and their latest ‘cronut’ – all of which are fit for any sweet tooth.
They also offer a large range of salads, wraps, sandwiches and burgers, which make a delicious healthy alternative.
From bread and pies to donuts and coffee, this bakery has you covered!
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Munch and Crunch Cafe has been a popular spot amongst locals for many years. They boast the best coffee in town and you simply can’t go past one of their legendary milkshakes. They offer a large variety of foods, from Thai & My Fried Chicken, to scrumptious sandwiches.
Situated between Woolworths and The Post Office, their location is a convenient place to stop for a bite to eat. They are especially accommodating for families with small children.
My Fried Chicken
For fresh and healthy food with a modern approach, look no further than Kamayan Cafe!
While they specialise in Southeast Asian cuisine, you can find anything from Vietnamese rice paper rolls to crispy fish and chips.
Their diverse menu range caters for everybody.
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Gove Pizza & Takeaway is open six nights a week to cater for all your pizza cravings!
If you’re not in the mood for pizza, be sure to check out their deliciously authentic Thai menu.
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Numerous allied Air Force bases were established across the Arnhem region during World War II and many of the communities are within easy access of the old air strips, bunkers and the wrecks of aircraft that were shot down during the war.
During World War II, the Gove Peninsula was a key in the defence of northern Australia. Three operational air squadrons were based here:
- 83 Squadron – flew Boomerang’s
- 13 Squadron – flew Ventura’s
- 42 Squadron – flew Catalina’s
There was an airfield on the site of the present Gove airport, and a flying boat base at Drimmie Head. The Peninsula derived its name from a RAAF navigator who died in a mid-air collision in the vicinity.
Yolngu people also took an active part in the action providing invaluable service in a specially created Reconnaissance Unit led by anthropologist, Dr. Donald Thomson to monitor the Arnhem Land coast for Japanese intrusions.
World War II relics can be seen around Gove Peninsula. Historic sites include Drimmie Head where the Catalina’s landed in the bay and taxied onto land and remnants of the ELDO (European Launch Development Organisation) program satellite down range tracking station. The planes featured in the images where all based in Gove.
There is also a War Memorial located at Yirrkala a 20 minute drive from Nhulunbuy Township which is dedicated to the Yolgnu men trained to defend our shores from Japanese attack.
Get in contact with the Arnhem Land Historical Society if you’d like more information or a guided tour contact David Suter on 0419 739 000.