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Emergency Services and medical providers

Information on emergency services, medical clinics, dentists and chemists in East Arnhem Land.

 

Cyclone information

The Northern Territory cyclone season officially commences on 1 November and runs through until 30 April each year.

Cyclones can change speed and course rapidly; it is important to be aware of any changes. Cyclone watch and warning messages are broadcast via Gove FM (106.9) or ABC Radio. It is recommended you visit Secure NT and follow the SecureNT Facebook page for further advice.

Be sun smart

East Arnhem Land experiences high temperatures all year round, with the summer months of December to February sometimes reaching temperatures above 35°C. You should take sun smart precautions all year round; these include wearing sun protective clothing such as a hat, sunglasses and long sleeved shirts, applying sunscreen of at least SPF 30+, drinking plenty of water and seeking shade in the extreme heat of the day.
 

Wildlife

East Arnhem Land is home to some of the world’s most exquisite wildlife, and some of the most dangerous. To keep safe on your holiday, avoid feeding and playing with native animals, and exercise caution when swimming and hiking.

Crocodiles

Fresh and saltwater crocodiles are present in waterways – at beaches, in rivers and estuaries, and in waterholes – across East Arnhem Land all year round. Saltwater crocodiles can be very dangerous: they are known to attack people and pets, and can travel quickly on land as well as in water. Be careful to observe all crocodile warning signs, and only ever swim in designated recreational areas – if in doubt, do not swim, and avoid the water’s edge.

Box jellyfish

Box jellyfish, also known as stingers, are present in East Arnhem Land coastal waters and at beaches. The jellyfish deliver a painful, sometimes fatal, sting, and are particularly dangerous to children and the elderly.They are most prevalent from October to May but it is advisable to take precautions all year round. If you are stung, flood the sting with vinegar and seek urgent medical attention.

Insects, spiders and snakes

East Arnhem Land has its fair share of creepy crawlies including mosquitoes and other biting insects, spiders and snakes. If walking, keep to clearly marked paths, wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes. When camping, keep your tent zipped and tap your shoes out before putting them on. Mosquitoes are most present at dawn and dusk, so cover up with long pants and sleeves, and use a reliable repellent or mosquito coils.

Emergencies

In an emergency, call 000 for an ambulance or transport to a hospital.

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