Experience ancient Aboriginal culture, dramatic landscapes and true Australian wilderness in Arnhem Land, one of the least inhabited regions of the world. Here are 10 things to do in this remote 90,000 square-kilometre reserve to Darwin’s east.
1. Join in the celebration of the Garma Festival
Visit in August to experience the special Garma Festival, a four-day celebration of Yolngu culture with the Aboriginal people of north-east Arnhem Land. Experience the local culture and come together with more than 2000 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people who gather at Gulkula, an hour by light plane from Darwin, to share knowledge and culture through music, visual art, storytelling, dance, forums and workshops.
2. Fish for a famous barramundi
Floodplain billabongs, tidal rivers, pristine coastline and vast bluewater—Arnhem Land is world-renowned for its prime, untouched fishing habitats. Prized sport and reef fish abound here, like giant trevally, queenfish, Spanish mackerel, golden snapper, red emperor, coral trout and sailfish, as well as the famous barramundi. Fishing lodges are dotted in various locations in Arnhem Land, while many fishing charters catering for beginners to experts depart from Darwin or Nhulunbuy.