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Yirrkala is a Yolŋu community of approximately 1000 people located 18 kilometres from Nhulunbuy, approximately a 15 minute drive.

The Yirrkala community was established in 1935 with the arrival of the Yirrkala mission. The Yirrkala community also played a pivotal role in our country’s history, with the Bark Petitions that sparked Australia’s Indigenous land rights movement created in the community.

Today Yirrkala is home to the world renowned Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Art Centre, as well its museum and replicas of the original Bark Petitions. It is also surrounded by beautiful beaches and provides access to the Gulf of Carpentaria via the Yirrkala Boat Ramp. 

If you are just visiting the art centre a permit is not required but if you would like to explore the community and see their pristine beaches while there a permit is required from the Northern Land Council.

Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Art Centre

The Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Art Centre, located in the Aboriginal community of Yirrkala, just 19 kilometres from Nhulunbuy, is one of Australia’s premier Aboriginal art centres. The meaning of Buku-Larrŋgay in Yolŋu matha is “the feeling on your face as it is struck by the first rays of the sun”. The Yolŋu owned art centre was established in 1975 and supports the people of Yirrkala and more than 20 homelands in region. Today, the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Art Centre offers many experiences for visit...

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See Around Corners

Discover the Heart of East Arnhem Land with See Around Corners. Embark on a unique 10-day adventure along the Central Arnhem Highway, leading to the lands of the Yolŋu people in East Arnhem Land. Here, you'll have the opportunity to intimately connect with the diverse Yolŋu culture, where English is often spoken as a second or third language. Michael provides a journey that is a genuine immersion into the wonders of East Arnhem Land, complemented by carefully selected "must-do" experiences dist...

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Yirrkala Community Store

The Yirrkala Community Store is located opposite the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre in the beautiful community of Yirrkala, 18 kilometres south-east from Nhulunbuy. Their range includes fresh produce, grocery items, ice and bait, clothing, general hardware and a great selection for children. Yirrkala Community Store provides the local community access to affordable and healthy foods. Their daily selection of home cooked takeaway meals changes daily - from mouth-watering lamb shanks to amazing vegg...

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Yirrkala Guest House

Yirrkala Guest House has seven rooms in the heart of Yirrkala community, just 19 kilometres from Nhulunbuy. The guest house is adjacent Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Art Centre's precinct, one of Australia’s premier Aboriginal art centres. Yirrkala Guest House provides contemporary rooms for visitors to the community, all individually equipped with a kitchenette and private bathroom. There are seven standard double rooms (double bed and fold out sofa), one which is wheelchair accessible.&nb...

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