East Arnhem Land finally opens up to outside tours

Andrew Munro 26 June 2017 NEWS

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10% of Australians thought Arnhem Land was just a myth.

Arnhem Land is probably one of the most evocative regions of Australia, but might be almost too magical for its own good. In fact, a 2014 survey by Tourism NT found that 1 in 10 Australians actually thought it just a made up place.

It's definitely real, but it's also probably one of the most isolated coastal regions in the country. This might put off some travellers, but others are seeing it as a rare opportunity to make a real getaway without distraction.

While there have been solid attempts to bring it up as a tourist destination over the years, the isolation and lack of infrastructure pose obstacles, while developments also need to be done with the approval of the traditional landowners. As such, it's remained a very exclusive destination.

However, that might be changing, and Arnhem Land might have finally met its match with Intrepid Travel. The company has managed to organise exclusive access to regions of East Arnhem Land with the traditional Yolngu and Nyinyikay landowners, and is now offering unique tours of the kind no one else can.

"This is real Australia" says Brett Michael, Intrepid Travel's regional director for Australia. "There are no luxury tented camps with Wi-Fi coverage in this part of the country, but it is an enriching cultural experience even for Australian travellers."

The Arnhem Land tour

Intrepid Travel's Arnhem offering is an adventurous seven-day journey into the heart of the land, starting and finishing in Gove. You'll take part in traditional hunting, fishing and gathering over the course of the trip, which takes you around the region to destinations including:

  • The Yirrkala indigenous art gallery. World famous as the home of the world's most sought-after indigenous Australian art.
  • Bremer Island. A remote oasis that very few outsiders get the chance of exploring.
  • Select campsites around East Arnhem Land and the Nyinyikay community, for your choice of activities and a great opportunity to see what makes this area so special.

Tours start from $5,995 all-inclusive (except flights), and each group is small by necessity. You can book online and find out more at TourRadar.

There are currently only two tours available to book. They leave on 31 August and 10 September 2017.

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