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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.

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