For the Active
Airnorth operates daily flights Sunday to Friday to Gove from Cairns (1 hour 40 minutes) and Darwin (1 hour 10 minutes), which connect with flights from other capital cities. AirNorth also operates a range of regular air services from Darwin to major East Arnhem communities including Milingimbi, Galiwin’ku and Groote Eylandt.
The Central Arnhem Rd turn off is situated 50km south of Katherine on the Stuart Highway. The distance is 710 km between Katherine & Nhulunbuy through Central Arnhem Land. There is only one fuel stop 240 km from Katherine at Mainoru Outback Store (500 km South of Gove/Nhulunbuy). To travel the Central Arnhem Road (4WD only) requires crossing many clan lands and a permit from the Northern Land Council (NLC) is required. There is no cost for this permit but it is necessary to monitor the numbers of people on the road to maintain this region.
Day 1 (Thursday) Arrival and check in
Welcome to East Arnhem Land. It’s now time to get settled. Head on over to The Walkabout Lodge and Campgrounds. Here you can pitch a tent in the camper trailer park, which contains 12 powered sites, or book a lovely room within the lodge.
Cool off in the in-house pool and hop into some comfy walking gear. Make sure you have obtained a general permit from Dhimurru website so you can explore our beautiful surroundings. Next, head to The Roy Marika Lookout, which is located at the summit of Nhulunbuy, the hill from which the town takes its name. Enjoy panoramic views of the lagoon wetlands, birdlife, Gove Harbour, extensive coastline, the town center and the mine.
If you are feeling a bit famished, the Arnhem Club restaurant ‘Macassans’ is open for lunch and has a large and delicious menu to choose from.
To finish off the day you must head down to East Woody beach to watch the sunset over the water. Pack a picnic and bring some repellent in case the mosquitos are out and about.
Day 2 (Friday) Flying high on a Friday
Good morning, it’s time to fuel up before a big day ahead. 3c’s café and restaurant is just a hop skip and a jump away at the Captain Cook Shopping Center. They serve all day breakfast and lunch, with an extensive menu, selection of cakes, coffee & tea, fresh juices & smoothies.
Once you are fed and full, you can make a scenic flight booking with one of our charters for this afternoon. Contact Air Arnhem, Laynhapuy Aviation, Marthakal Yolgnu Airlines, Black Diamond or MAF for a beautiful scenic flight at dusk.
Now, it’s a perfect day for the Gayngaru Walking Trail! The Gayngaru Walking Trail (Town Lagoon) is minutes from Nhulunbuy town centre. Along the path are two separate viewing platforms and a bird hide. There are also interpretive signs near plants of significance showing bush food and bush medicine used by Yolngu people.
Before the day is done, give Helen a call from Banubanu Wilderness Retreat and book your spot for a day on Bremer Island tomorrow!
Day 3 (Saturday) Swimming, Sunning and Camping
Today you’re headed to Banubanu Wilderness Retreat on Bremer Island. An eco-friendly retreat that has been built with materials that make it one with the landscape. Enjoy a home cooked meal provided by owners Helen and Trevor and spend the daysnorkelingg, swimming and sunning. The boat will take you back to shore at 4.00pm just in time for a quick nap before dinner.
For the evening, we recommend you take a drive out to Rainbow Cliffs with your camping gear for dinner. Just 15 minutes away, Rainbow Cliffs is a sheer section of coastline where the exposed and weathered rock profile produces a striking colourful effect on the cliff face as it plunges over 40 meters into the sea. Get yourself settled under a tree at the beach or on one of the allocated camping tables.
Day 4 (Sunday) Walkabout the beaches
After a solid sleep, pack up camp and put on your walking shoes! Now take a drive out to Daliwuy Bay, which is about 45 minutes from Rainbow Cliffs. From here take the Daliwuy to Garanhan trail (3.2km), through an open eucalyptus woodland.
You’re right near some of our most beautiful beaches, so why not go check them out? From pristine Little Bondi, secluded Turtle Beach or the open waters of Macassans. These areas are all equipped with camping grounds, tables, and toilet access.
We hope you’ve enjoyed your stay!