For the adventurous at heart, the Arnhem Way is the way to go. Beginning in Katherine and finishing in Nhulunbuy, it’s a route that will take you through sacred Aboriginal land, pristine beaches and stretches of unspoilt country. Be prepared and make sure that you book the appropriate permits for your planned itinerary, as these permits are essential to maintaining the beauty and culture of the region. Read on for some of our highlights on this memorable route!
Not far from Katherine is Barunga, a remote Indigenous community. Surrounding Barunga are delightful sights, such as Nitmiluk National Park, which boasts 13 sandstone gorges, Aboriginal rock art paintings and wallabies.
After exploring the many gorges of Nitmiluk National Park, take a detour and drive to Bitter Springs. The name is misleading – these springs are actually pleasantly warm and perfect for a long soak at the end of a long day of travelling. Surrounded by lush foliage, you’ll feel all your aches and pains melt away.
Visit Djilpin Arts in Ghunmarn Culture Centre in Beswick for an unmissable cultural experience. Self-guided interactive tours using virtual reality are available for visitors – get immersed in the world of these amazing Aboriginal artworks. Artist talks and tours are available for deeper insight into the artistic process. You can also go on tours led by the locals, where you can learn how to make natural dyes or forage for natural foods and honey.
Nhulunbuy is a great town for exploration and more adventures. Known for its wide range of outdoor activities, such as fishing, sailing, birdwatching and beach excursions, you’ll want to stay for a few days to make the most out of it. Visit the surrounding Dhimurru Recreation areas, which offer all sorts of landscapes for you to enjoy – beach, forest, waterfall, you name it! End your day in Nhulunbuy by feasting on seafood and cold beers at the Gove Boat Club. Take a moment here to enjoy the sun setting over the rugged coastline.
Head to Bremer Island and spend the night at Banubanu Beach Retreat – an eco-escape paradise of pure luxury. Go turtle spotting along the long stretches of white beach, go birdwatching, bushwalking, fishing, swimming or take a well-deserved nap on the soft sands of its shores.
For more recommendations and tips on what to do along the Arnhem Way, read the upcoming Spring issue of Caravanning Australia.
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