As you plan for a trip to Australia, why not consider a visit to the Northern Territory in a motorhome hire? More specifically, consider a trip to East Arnhem Land. East Arnhem Land is where you can see the world’s oldest living culture, enjoy amazing landscapes and scenery, as well as unique art and culture.
A trip to East Arnhem Land should be on anyone’s itinerary that plans to visit Northern Territory. If you’re already in the area, you should definitely consider making the trip and getting to know a very unique and beautiful area of Australia.
If you have been wanting to get a closer look at Australian culture and untouched Australian landscape, there certainly is no better destination than East Arnhem Land. To help you better plan your trip and understand why you should go, the following are some of our favorite reasons for a visit to East Arnhem Land:
- You’ll get to learn more about the Yolngu people and culture. The indigenous people of Australia are still thriving and still loving their culture in this area of East Arnhem Land. From visiting local Yolngu communities to enjoying a visit during the Garma Festival in August, there is plenty of opportunity to dive right into understanding the people and traditions of this area. Celebrations and ceremonies are a great way to have a glimpse of the unique and beautiful culture of the Yolngu people. You’ll also discover that there is some incredible indigenous art to be admired in this part of Australia. Buku-Larrnggay Mulka is a must-visit place where you can admire everything from bark paintings to jewelry designs.
- Visit the beaches in this area. There are some incredibly beautiful beaches in East Arnhem Land that are so secluded that you have to use a 4WD to get to them. If you don’t have a 4WD you could always visit some of the beaches that can be accessible by any vehicle that you may be travelling in. Town Beach, Shady Beach, East Woody, and Crocodile Beach are some of them. If you don’t mind taking some time to visit the hard-to-get-to beaches, then you can go to Garanhan, Ngumuy, or Baringura. Something incredible about this area of Australia is that there are many beautiful places to visit that haven’t been developed but that you can get to and explore.
- Visit the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park. This national park is incredibly beautiful with red rock formations lining the coast, making a beautiful contrast of beautiful clear waters against the bold rocks. While you will need permits for staying here and only a handful are allowed on a daily basis, if you can wing it, a stay in the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park is worth it. If you like fishing, this is the place to do it.
- Stop by the Gove Peninsula. There you will find Nhulunbuy which will provide you with a closer glimpse of Aboriginal culture, water activities such as diving and snorkeling, and plenty of nature to explore, where you can see wildlife like buffalo and crocodiles. If you’re all about visiting nature spots, rest assured that East Arnhem Land and the Gove Peninsula don’t disappoint.
Tips For Travelling in Arnhem Land
Something to keep in mind when travelling in this area is that you are entering Aboriginal land, so you will need to get the right permits from the Northern Land Council. The local indigenous culture has rules, tradition, and culture that should be respected if you’re travelling here.
If you plan on visiting Garig national park on the Cobourg Peninsula, don’t forget that a permit is required for overnight stays. These factors mean that you should plan ahead and file the paperwork before you go. Sure, it may be time consuming, but once you get to East Arnhem Land, you’ll realize that it’s more than worth it.
Please remember that the Aboriginal people are a culture that has been around for many, many years and this land and people deserve all the respect in the world. As long as you have that in mind, you’re bound for a beautiful experience.
There are many amazing places in Australia, but there is just something so beautiful unique and special about East Arnhem Land. From the culture to the history, the indigenous art, and the beautiful landscapes and scenery, it’s a breathtaking experience for any world traveller.
Making this trip in a motorhome hire is one of the best ways to see what the Northern Territory is all about. If you can find a 4WD vehicle, even better, as this will allow you to reach some of the difficult-to-reach places to truly take advantage of seeing the untouched natural beauty present in these parts.