East Arnhem Land tourism
There are many activities to do and things to see locally, and the East Arnhem Land Tourism Association website is a great resource to help you plan your East Arnhem experience.
If you are here for only a short time, there are a number of things to fill your day from including world class art centres, interpretative walking trails, beach visits and fishing. Your catch of the day can even be prepared at a local restaurant for your evening meal!
With the Yolngu people maintaining the world’s oldest continuous living culture including traditional language and dialects, East Arnhem offers a unique opportunity for cross-cultural exchange and access to extraordinary and diverse Aboriginal experiences. There are a number of Yolngu tourism products on offer, including homelands tours, yidaki (didgeridoo) lessons and cultural education events.
The Garma Festival is Australia’s premiere cross-cultural event, and takes place in August each year at the important site of Gulkula, 30 minutes by road from Nhulunbuy.
Contemporary Yolngu art is available in the form of milkwood carvings (unique to this region), bark paintings, screen prints, woven baskets and mats. Some of the best examples of traditional and modern Aboriginal art can be found at one of Australia’s most renowned community-based traditional Aboriginal art museums at Yirrkala, as well as centres in Gapuwiyak, Ramingining, Milingimbi and Galiwin’ku.