Take an enlightening walk to see the 100-year-old Yolngu stone arrangements built to educate future generations about Macassan traders from Indonesia.

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Discover the fascinating history of trade between the Yolngu and the Macassan traders from Indonesia - take Wurrwurrwuy (Garanhan) Macassan Beach Interpretive Walk. The trailhead for the Wurrwurrwuy (Garanhan) Macassan Beach Interpretive Walk is a 35-minute drive from Nhulunbuy town centre, on the north-eastern tip of Arnhem Land. Along the walk you will see the unique stone arrangements constructed over 100 years ago by the Yolngu elders to educate future generations about the history of the Macassan traders who visited the region from Indonesia in the early 1700s. This fascinating walk gives an insight into the trade between the Yolngu and the Macassans that existed for several centuries when the Macassans would fish for the native trepang (a type of sea cucumber) from the North Australian waters. Trepang was considered a delicacy in their culture at the time.

Travellers must obtain a recreation permit from Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation prior to visiting the area and there are a number of accommodation options in the nearby town of Nhulunbuy.

Opening times:
Open daily, 24 hours, but visitors must hold a current Dhimurru Recreation Permit. Contact Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation.
Entry cost:
Free entry
Activities:
  • Self-Guided
Facilities:
  • Car park
  • Public Toilet