Gove Airport Northern Territory


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Gove Airport Northern Territory - Country Airstrips Australia
Gove Airport NT

Gove Airport is on the Gove Peninsula in the Northern Territory of Australia. It services the mining town of Nhulunbuy and several Aboriginal communities including Yirrkala. The airport is located 5.8 nautical miles south southeast of the Nhulunbuy town centre, on Melville Road.

Operated and maintained by the Nhulunbuy Corporation, Gove Airport commenced operation in the 1970’s. It brings high quality transport services to remote East Arnhem Land to this day. Gove Airport is serviced by Airnorth’s Darwin-Gove-Cairns return E170 jet service. There is also smaller Brasilia 120 aircraft between Darwin, Groote Eylandt and Gove.

A number of aircraft charter operators are based at Gove Airport and conduct a combined total of around 20,000 movements a year. Additionally Gove is serviced by a full-time medical evacuation service operated by Careflight NT.

The airport is located on the site of the former RAAF Airfield Gove. The World War II airbase was built in 1943 and named for Pilot Officer William Gove who was killed in action near Maningrida. During the war, the airfield was used by No. 83 Squadron RAAF flying CAC Boomerangs and No. 13 Squadron RAAF flying Lockheed Venturas, with No. 42 Squadron RAAF operating PBY Catalina flying boats out of nearby Drimmie Head. At the height of operations, over 5,000 servicemen were stationed at the base.

Shaped like an aircraft, the unique architecturally-designed Main Terminal today offers city-standard airport facilities. Around 70,000 passengers currently travel to and from the Gove Peninsula each year.

Gove Airport Runway Info NT - Country Airstrips Australia
Gove Airport Northern Territory
Area Forecast
Strip Direction
13 / 31
GPS Position
12° 1601 S
136° 4906 E
ALA Code
Strip Length
WAC Chart
Brisbane Centre
125.0 on Ground
Strip Surface
Nhulunbuy Corp.
(08) 8987 1370
ARO 0428 962 606
1 LH side RWY 31
opposite terminal.
ASIC Security / Vis Vest
Card Bowser
Distance to Town
5.8 NM
PAL 119.6
Aircraft Parking
Parking not permitted
on east and west sealed
aprons without permission
Taxi & Hire cars
at AD
Landing Fees

Special Procedures and Comments: CTAF 127.8
Obtain gate code from ARO.

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