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Located on the north-eastern tip of Arnhem Land on the Gove Peninsula, Nhulunbuy and its surrounds are held freehold by the Yolngu people. The town was established to service the bauxite-mining industry and has developed as the administrative centre for the East Arnhem region. Access is by a year-round daily air service from Darwin or Cairns or, with a permit, by four-wheel drive only, through Arnhem Land.

Visitor Information

East Arnhem Land Tourist Association; (08) 8987 2828.

In Town

Gayngaru Wetlands Interpretive Walk The path surrounds an attractive lagoon that is home to around 200 bird species. There are 2 viewing platforms and a bird hide, as well as signs near local flora explaining their uses in Aboriginal food and bush medicine. Visitors can take the Winter walk or Tropical Summer walk, which is shorter as a result of higher water levels. Centre of Nhulunbuy.


Buku-Larrnggay Mulka This renowned community-based Aboriginal art centre was set up to educate visitors in the ways of local law and culture, and to share the art of the Yolngu people. It is located in the nearby Aboriginal community of Yirrkala. 'Buku-Larrnggay' refers to the feeling on your face as it is struck by the first rays of the sun. 'Mulka' is a sacred but public ceremony and means to hold or protect. A permit is not required to visit. Open Mon–Fri and Sat morning; (08) 8987 1701; 18 km SE.

Dhamitjinya (East Woody Island) and Galaru (East Woody Beach): Gove Peninsula has long sandy beaches, tropical clear-blue water and amazing sunset views; 3 km N.

Travellers note: Visitors intending to drive to Nhulunbuy must obtain a permit from the Northern Land Council beforehand, (08) 8987 8500.  It's 4WD only and conventional caravans are not allowed; conditions also apply. Allow 2 weeks for processing. A recreation permit is also required for travel outside the Nhulunbuy Town Lease, available from Dhimurru Land Management; (08) 8987 3992.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Macassans Restaurant

Situated in the Arnhem Club right in town, and only 50 metres from the beach, this restaurant is popular with locals and visitors who take advantage of the beautiful view to unwind and enjoy the slower pace of life up... Find out more

The Walkabout Lodge Restaurant

Only metres from the beach and Nhulunbuy’s central shopping area, the ambience here is truly tropical with outside dining beside a shimmering pool surrounded by swaying palms. Fittingly, the restaurant produces... Find out more

Seagrass Restaurant

Part of the Dugong Beach Resort, Seagrass has stunning views over the Gulf of Carpentaria. Less than 20 metres from a beautiful sandy beach, and a short walk from the main township of Alyangula, the restaurant complex is... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Gove Peninsula Motel

In the centre of this bustling mining township on the Gove Peninsula, in north-east Arnhem Land, the Gove Peninsula Motel is a short walk to shopping and the beach. Facilities include ensuite, kitchenette with microwave,... Find out more

Walkabout Lodge

A popular destination, the Walkabout has a good restaurant and coffee shop, a lively bar and lush, tropical gardens. Located between the beach and CBD, the hotel is only metres from shops and clubs. The walk along the... Find out more

What's on around town

Garma Festival: a celebration of Aboriginal arts and crafts; August/September. 

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