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To purchase take away alcohol in East Arnhem Land you must apply for a liquor permit through Licensing Northern Territory. Permits are issued from the Nhulunbuy Liquor Licensing Office which is located at the Shop 6 19 Westal Street, Nhulunbuy.

If you are travelling from Darwin, you can also visit Darwin Licensing NT at Level 3 NAB House 71 Smith Street, Darwin to obtain a permit.

It is recommended you apply for your liquor permit in advance of your expected arrival into East Arnhem Land. This ensures you are not limited by the opening hours of the Licensing Office and are able to purchase alcohol once you arrive into Nhulunbuy or Alyangula. Liquor permits are not issued after hours or on weekends. It is recommended you have a liquor permit if you are travelling with alcohol along the Central Arnhem Road

To apply for a liquor permit you will need to provide:

  • a completed application form (completed as best as possible)
  • an itinerary, invoice or other information confirming your travel arrangements;
  • a copy of your valid Dhimurru Access Permit (if camping); and
  • photo ID such as Northern Territory, interstate or international driver’s licence or passport.



 Please note: You do not need a permit to consume alcohol in any of the licensed premises in East Arnhem Land.

Email your form, and supporting documentation to the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For any enquiries, please call the Nhulunbuy Liquor Licensing Office on (08) 8987 0451 or 0400 125 474 between 08:00 and 16:00 ACST Monday to Friday or Licensing NT on (08) 8999 1800.