A friend described Arnhem Land as God’s Country and turns out she wasn’t wrong. It is quite simply, spectacular. You might even say heavenly.
Arnhem Land is where the outback meets the sea. Think red dirt roads blending into white, sandy beaches where aqua waters lap the shore. Oh, and chances are there is not another soul in sight.
Pristine and untouched are not just words you throw around here. This place defines them.
The photos above are from the campsite at Garanhan (Macassan Beach), which is in north east Arnhem Land 37.5 km or around a 40 minute drive from Nhulunbuy (Gove) along a sandy 4WD track. Gove is an easy 90 min flight from Darwin and you can hire 4WD at Gove airport. There are toilets at the campsite but bring your own drinking water and you must pre-arrange a permit to camp there.
The campsite is set right on the beach and perfectly placed to watch the sunrise. We were lucky enough to be treated to a special Yolngu cultural performance by Lirrwi Tourism at sunset, which was truly magical.
The Yolngu people are the Traditional Owners of the land and are only now opening up more of these special places to tourism so check it out. You’ll see it’s paradise, just without the people.
Permits to Macassan Beach have to be arranged before you go there through Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation.
More information about Arnhem Land here.