Northeast Arnhem Land?

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21 Sep 2017 05:38 - 21 Sep 2017 06:03 #1 by dandjcr
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Has anyone visited northeast Arnhem Land (Gove Peninsular area)?

I was watching Channel 44 last night (nothing much on other channels) and there was a good documentary by Top of Down Under on touring the northeast Arnhem Land and it's attractions.



We've never been to that part of the country and there seem to be some great areas to explore and camp so I investigated a bit further. Access to the area is controlled by the Dhimurra Aboriginal Corporation and they seem quite welcoming and open to visitors.

They have a good website and a reasonable access permit system ($45 or $35 concession rate (PP) for a 2 months General Permit visit). It's around the same rate for a 7 day stay so 2 months allows some timing/planning variations.

There are a few "Special Permit" areas which are $20 per day extra but most sites are covered by the General Permit.

Has anyone visited this area and can provide some experiences?

David

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21 Sep 2017 06:25 - 21 Sep 2017 06:26 #2 by outyonda
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many moons ago, in 1989 we were carting bufflow out of there,
magnificent country, the locals took us to some good spots.

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21 Sep 2017 10:57 #3 by Peter and Sandra OKA 374
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We've been up there back in the 90's when the only access was for work and visiting was possible if you knew someone up there but pretty much impossible otherwise. As I worked for Telecom/Telstra I arranged to visit my "cousin" who worked there.
The only route is from down near Mataranka up through Arnhem land to Gove/Nhulunbuy, no access from the east from Jabiru/Oenpelli, there are also weight restrictions on vehicles using the road and you cannot tow a caravan, small trailers are ok.
You are allowed two days to travel the road and there were designated camping spots and when we did it there were no supplies or access to communities along the way you had to be fully self sufficient, have comms (either HF or satphone) and they preferred at least two vehicles together but things may well have changed in over 20 years since we visited. There were a few places that were off limits but other wise a great trip. Roads were very dangerous as the used bauxite to cap them (think little 1/8 diameter ball bearings)
As Brett said it is a fantastic place to travel and worth spending the time to have a good look around.
Back then there was one river that was pretty deep/came over the bonnet of the troopy but otherwise was a pretty good dirt road most of the way.

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21 Sep 2017 12:04 #4 by outyonda
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there was a centeral track & they made tracks as we went hauling the Buff out
the locals would take us bush bashing in the bull buggies
billabongs, water falls, rock art,caves, gerat place

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21 Sep 2017 19:40 - 21 Sep 2017 19:40 #5 by Peter_n_Margaret
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www.exploroz.com/forum/135565/central-ar...?p=%2fforum%3fpn%3d2
A recent thread on ExplorOz with pics of the road.
It is on our list for the next couple of years.

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Peter

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21 Sep 2017 21:29 - 21 Sep 2017 22:24 #6 by dandjcr
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Many thanks all (inc a call from chris126, will call back tomorrow), seems like it will make a great trip. Pity you can't do a round trip across the top to Jabiru (extreme geography gets in the way) but interesting that the refinery closure has refocused local efforts on tourism.

www.eastarnhemland.com.au is also worth a look, but www.goveonline.com is very out of date and reflects an era when the mine was thriving.

Not sure Janet will have regained the stamina for next year but it's certainly on our list too. Can't bear the thought of another Adelaide winter.

Regards, David

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22 Sep 2017 04:32 - 22 Sep 2017 04:39 #7 by Peter and Sandra OKA 374
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David I don't think it has much to do with terrain, more that the NLC doesn't want travellers across there.
Some friends of ours met and travelled with a couple that lived on Elcho Island and visited quite a few times travelling from the east and then returning south on the Gove road.
Looking at the link that Peter put up it seems that the road has been improved out of sight with some bitumen, bridges (bugger the Goyder river was a highlight with water over the bonnet of the troopy and camper nearly submerged) and even fuel available halfway, has taken the fun out of it.

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22 Sep 2017 11:53 #8 by dandjcr
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Thanks Peter, I had a good chat with Chris126 in Kununurra this morning and he confirmed that the track from Jabiru/Oenpelli across to Ramingining turns south and joins up with the Central Arnhem Road, and is useable with appropriate permits from the NLC.

Gives us some additional planning ideas.

David

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