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Gove – Nhulunbuy NT


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Nhulunbuy was created on the Gove Peninsula in the Northern Territory when a bauxite mine and deep-water port were established nearby in the late 1960s, followed by an alumina refinery. 

The town, also known as Gove,  is located in the Top End of the Northern Territory. It is by the Arafura Sea on the Gove Peninsula, East Arnhem Land. Nhulunbuy is remote by any standards. The Central Arnhem Road provides the only land link to Darwin and the Stuart Highway; however, this region is prone to flooding and is usually cut off during the wet season. Nhulunbuy means ‘honey man’ in Yolngu language, but is also known as Gove. The Gove Peninsula was named by Europeans after Pilot Officer William Gove who died in World War II.

An outdoor lovers paradise

Known as an outdoor lover’s paradise Nhulunbuy is where locals enjoy fishing, sailing and bird watching. Also enjoyed are four-wheel-drive excursions to exquisite beaches and wilderness areas. The town has educational, health, social, sporting, cultural and shopping facilities for the people of the town. It also supports the very remote homeland communities of East Arnhem Land.

Serviced by daily domestic flights Nhulunbuy has many local attractions. These include the Yirrkala Arts and Crafts Museum, Nambara Arts and Crafts Centre, and the annual Garma Festival. All these give a fascinating insight into the powerful traditional culture of the region’s Yolngu people.

Yolngu boys at the Garma Festival NT

Each August, Gulkula near Nhulunbuy, holds the Garma festival. This is a celebration of Yolngu culture is considered one of the most important indigenous festivals in Australia. Around 2,000 Indigenous and non-Indigenous people travel from around Australia and the world to attend the festival to learn and contribute. Garma is a Yolngu word for ‘two-way learning process’. There is traditional and contemporary music and dance, art and craft, education, performances and sport. Art and craft are gaining worldwide recognition and is an opportunity for Yolngu to gain economic independence.


Walkabout Lodge

Walkabout Lodge, Gove NT

Walkabout Lodge is located in the town of Nhulunbuy situated on the tip of the Northern Territory, where the Gulf of Carpentaria meets the Arafura Sea. This region is respectfully called East Arnhem Land.

With a population of around 3800, Nhulunbuy has all the facilities expected of a modern town. Included are:

  • three schools,
  • health and dental clinics,
  • two shopping centres with a wide variety of shops,
  • a library,
  • bank and ATM services.

There are numerous dining options for casual dining experiences and cafes to grab a quick coffee. Nhulunbuy also hosts:

  • a surf club,
  • yacht club,
  • sport and social clubs and
  • a golf club with an impressive nine-hole course.

Walkabout Lodge offers accommodation in many forms – the Lodge, a camper-trailer park, and a tent campsite.

The Walkabout Lodge boasts numerous facilities to ensure your stay is comfortable. A newsagency is located beside the Tavern and a hair and beauty salon is conveniently located inside the Walkabout Lodge. 

We also offer:

  • comfortable, air-conditioned rooms
  • a fully licensed restaurant
  • a cocktail bar with a large LCD screen
  • shaded resort swimming pool
  • tropical landscaped gardens
  • guest laundry
  • function rooms
  • free Wi-Fi

Address: 12 Westal Street, Nhulunbuy NT 0880
Phone: (08) 8939 2000

Gove Peninsular Motel

Gove Peninsular Motel NT

Located in the remote town of Nhulunbuy, The Motel offers bright and clean spacious rooms set in a tropical landscape. Dive in and explore all the local modern facilities Nhulunbuy has to offer. These include local shopping centres, golf club, surf club, sporting facilities to various restaurants and cafe options. Experience the beauty of nature first hand in East Arnhem Land.

Enjoy our “Hidden Oasis” which includes a garden edged salt-water swimming pool. There is also a portable barbecue that can be enjoyed either outside your room or down by the pool.

Address: 166 Matthew Flinders Way, Nhulunbuy NT 0880
Phone: (08) 8987 0700