Gove Country Golf Club Club, is located 5 minutes from the town centre. The club has hosted many Pro-Am tournaments and today the 54 hole handicap Gove Gulf Amateur Open attracts visitors from throughout the NT and interstate.
Gapuwiyak Culture & Arts Centre is located in the stunning, remote community of Gapuwiyak, also known as Lake Evella, located 120km west of East Arnhem Land. The Art Centre sell locally produced art work and house their own collection. Their Media center has a growing archive of old and new media relevant for the community . Artists get support through the use of tools, obtainable materials as paint, ochre , sandpaper etc.
Roaming Flames is the most popular trailer in town. As a mobile food service, they make numerous trips throughout the week from Nhulunbuy to Yirrkala and everywhere in between. People can be seen practically drooling as they make their way to the latest location, desperate to try out every pizza on the mouthwatering menu. The portable nature of the business means that no one misses out.
Common spots for the Roaming Flames trailer are community sporting events and anywhere with a decent sunset -which accounts for every single beach in the region! So join the rest of the community as they eagerly follow the wafting smell of pizza on their way to the next jaw-dropping Top End sunset.
Who doesn’t love sunsets and pizza?!
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Anindilyakwa Arts & Cultural Centre was established in 2005 by the Anindilyakwa Land Council to help local artists promote and sell their artwork. The art centre is located at the Groote Eylandt Lodge (Dugong Beach Resort). Groote Eylandt is a small island south-west of Nhulunbuy township and is on aboriginal reserve land.
Groote Eylandt Lodge is working with the Anindilyakwa people, to help organise a diverse range of tours that will enhance your Groote Eylandt experience. The key feature of the Lodge is the Cultural Centre -where you can view local art including paintings, basket and mat weaving, didgeridoos and carvings or meet with local artists.
Items available through Anindilyakwa Art include paintings (ochres and acrylics on canvas, bark and shells), ceremonial and traditional wood works and carvings (spears, woomeras, coolamons, clap sticks, miniature canoes, didgeridoos, boomerangs and carved animals).
Traditional and unique jewellery design using materials only found on the island (shells and seeds), weaving (pandanas mats, baskets and dillybags) using traditional methods and natural dyes are also a popular choice.
The Cultural Centre also plays host to local musicians and dancers to entertain visitors of the Lodge.
Numerous allied Air Force bases were established across the Arnhem region during World War II and many of the communities are within easy access of the old air strips, bunkers and the wrecks of aircraft that were shot down during the war.
During World War II, the Gove Peninsula was a key in the defence of northern Australia. Three operational air squadrons were based here:
- 83 Squadron – flew Boomerang’s
- 13 Squadron – flew Ventura’s
- 42 Squadron – flew Catalina’s
There was an airfield on the site of the present Gove airport, and a flying boat base at Drimmie Head. The Peninsula derived its name from a RAAF navigator who died in a mid-air collision in the vicinity.
Yolngu people also took an active part in the action providing invaluable service in a specially created Reconnaissance Unit led by anthropologist, Dr. Donald Thomson to monitor the Arnhem Land coast for Japanese intrusions.
World War II relics can be seen around Gove Peninsula. Historic sites include Drimmie Head where the Catalina’s landed in the bay and taxied onto land and remnants of the ELDO (European Launch Development Organisation) program satellite down range tracking station. The planes featured in the images where all based in Gove.
There is also a War Memorial located at Yirrkala a 20 minute drive from Nhulunbuy Township which is dedicated to the Yolgnu men trained to defend our shores from Japanese attack.
Get in contact with the Arnhem Land Historical Society if you’d like more information or a guided tour contact David Suter on 0419 739 000.