The Yolŋu, the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of East Arnhem, practise the longest continuing traditional culture in the world. Their rich culture provides unique learning experiences for residents and visitors alike through cultural immersion and a wide variety of activities from fishing, camping and wildlife adventures, to art centres, festivals, and tours.
East Arnhem has a spectacular landscape, with rugged coastlines, pristine waters, remote islands and some of the world’s most biodiverse habitats, covering a total land area of 33,596 square kilometres with major population centres in Nhulunbuy and Alyangula. The region is home to around 14,600 people, of whom around 73% are Aboriginal, mainly Yolŋu, the Traditional Owners of the region. The population in East Arnhem is relatively young and dispersed, with about 44% aged 24 years and under.
The town of Nhulunbuy, on the Gove Peninsula, is the largest centre in the region. A vibrant community with a high standard of services, Nhulunbuy operates as a service and business hub for the region.
The region has six other main communities, and a network of homelands. The six other main communities in the region are Milingimbi in the Crocodile Islands, Galiwin’ku on Elcho Island, Ramingining on the edge of the Arafura Swamp, Gapuwiyak on the shores of Lake Evella, and Yirrkala and Gunyaŋara on the Gove Peninsula.
To learn more about visiting the region go the East Arnhem Land website. Here you’ll find more detailed information about the region including:
- what you need to know when planning your trip
- what you can do when you get here, and
- where to go to make the most of your visit.
The East Arnhem region is known for its rich and diverse culture.