Package Holidays in Northern Territory
Arnhem Land Kakadu Northern Territory Australia
To the east of Kakadu lies Arnhem Land. The region extends from Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the south to Milingimbi in the Crocodile Island Group in the West. 100 000 square kilometres of Aboriginal owned land.
Arnhem Land History
In 1973, at Nabalco, now Alcan Gove, a Swiss Australian consortium started mining and processing one of the worlds largest bauxite deposits and established Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsula. Nhulunbuy and Yirrkala are now the main town centres in Arnhem Land.
The local Yolngu clans had been opposed to this development and made their concerns known in the now famous Bark Petition sent to the Commonwealth Parliament in 1963. This led to the first major legal action over land rights and although the Yolngu case was lost, it led to the introduction of the 1976 Northern Territory Land Rights Act. Under this Act, Arnhem Land was returned to its Aboriginal owners along with other traditional lands in the Northern Territory. Mining is expected to continue until the middle of the twenty-first century.
Arnhem Land Today
Permission to enter Arnhem Land MUST be obtained from the Northern Land Council.
The beaches of Nhulunbuy, islands and surrounding areas are renowned for their vast pristine stretches of white sand, washed by the brilliant blue ocean waters. Wildlife is abundant.
Diving, snorkelling, walk trails, cultural tours, eco tours, art galleries can all form part of your Arnhem Land experience.
Climate is luxurious at between 28 to 33 degrees Celcius all year and mild humidity, being by the coast.
A beautiful and untamed land not spoiled by over population; look for guidance and learning from the locals and the time you spend in Arnhem Land will penetrate your spirit.