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Emergency Services and medical providers

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



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.


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.

More information about crocodile safety is available from the NT Government.

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. Read more about signs and symptoms of a jellyfish sting and how to treat them here.

More information about jellyfish safety is available from NT Government.

spiders and snakes

East Arnhem Land has its fair share of creepy crawlies including 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 and Midges

Mosquitos are midges are present in East Arnhem Land. Mosquitoes are most active during dusk and dawn. The NT Department of Health current has an alert for Japanese encephalitis and Murray Valley encephalitis. 

Residents and visitors are urged to avoid being bitten by mosquitos by taking the following precautions:

  • use a mosquito repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon or eucalyptus
  • wear light-coloured protective clothing, with long sleeves, if in outdoor, mosquito-prone areas
  • avoid the outdoors around dusk and dawn, and at night in areas of high vegetation
  • use mosquito-proof accommodation and camping facilities at night
  • use mosquito coils, mosquito lanterns and barrier sprays containing bifenthrin in patios and outdoor areas near houses
  • ensure children are adequately protected against mosquitoes

More information is about mosquito-borne disease is available from the NT Department of Health: 

More information about mosquito and midge safety is available from the NT Government.


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


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.

For more information about cyclone safety visit the Nhulunbuy Corporation website.


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.