Australian Air Holiday Tours – Arnhem Land & Top End

Arnhem Land Outback Australia Air Tour

The Arnhem Land Region is one of the five regions of the Northern Territory of Australia. It is located in the north-eastern corner of the territory and is around 500km from the capital, Darwin.

Borradaile Aboriginal Art in Arnhem Land
Arnhem Land Borradaile Crocodile
Bamarru Lodge in Arnhem Land


Declared an Aboriginal Reserve in 1931, it remains one of the largest reserves in Australia and is best known for its isolation, rock art, and the strong traditions of its Indigenous inhabitants. Northeast Arnhem Land is home to the indigenous Yolngu people, one of the largest Indigenous groups in Australia, and one who have succeeded in maintaining a vigorous traditional indigenous culture. The Malays and Macassans are believed to have had contact with the coastal Aboriginal groups and traded with them prior to European settlement of Australia.

The climate of Arnhem Land is tropical monsoon with a wet and dry season. Temperatures change little throughout the year, though it can range from overnight lows of 15 degrees Celsius in the dry season (April to September) to daily highs of 33 degrees Celsius in the wet season (October to March).

Davidson’s Arnhem Land Safari camp

Situated in the northwest corner of Arnhem Land and adjacent to Kakadu National Park and Cobourg Peninsula in Australia’s Northern Territory, lies a vast sub-tropical savannah and pristine wilderness, host to a myriad of ecosystems and wildlife. It has been described as a national treasure trove due to its history of ancient human occupation. At Mt. Borradaile all accommodation is twin-share tented accommodation, with comfortable beds, dining facilities and shared toilet/shower facilities. All meals are supplied by Max Davidson, the local tour operator. Some of Australia’s best and most prolific Aboriginal Rock Art can be seen here as well as magnificent wildlife of birds, crocodiles and barramundi

Groote Eylandt

Groote Eylandt is the largest island situated in the Gulf of Carpentaria, 630km from Darwin by air. It offers world class fishing in diverse and contrasting habitats in virtually underchartered waters. Try your luck in tidal coastal creeks, mangrove-lined estuaries and along kilometres of coastline. Not only is the fishing great but the scenery of the coastline and islands is spectacular. Accommodation is right at the beach in ET’s Escape Fishing Lodge with comfortable tented cabins. Right next door is the Dugong Beach resort which has upmarket accommodation and an Aboriginal artefact shop.

Katherine Gorge

No visit to the Australian Outback is complete without a boat cruise, canoe trip or hike up the spectacular 12 km gorge. Katherine Gorge is located in Nitmiluk National Park, one of the most spectacular areas in the country with winding red sandstone cliffs up to 70 metres high. The 13 wonderful gorges of this national park were formed 23 million years ago as torrents of water poured into tiny cracks in the earth, splitting it apart until it became what lucky visitors see today.

Kakadu

Kakadu National Park is located within the Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory of Australia. It covers an area of 1,980,400 ha extending nearly 200 kilometres from north to south and over 100 kilometres from east to west. Kakadu’s flora is among the richest in northern Australia with more than 1700 record plant species. This is a result of the Park’s geological, landform and habitat diversity. Aboriginal people have occupied the Kakadu area for at least 40,000 years and it is renowned for the richness of its Aboriginal cultural sites. There are more than 5000 recorded art sites illustrating Aboriginal culture over thousands of years.

Melville Island

Melville Island known in the Tiwi language as Yermalner lies in the eastern Timor Sea, off the coast of the Northern Territory, Australia. It is west of the Cobourg Peninsula in Arnhem Land and north of Darwin. The largest community/town on the island is Milikapiti, pop. 559. The second village is Pirlangimpi (Pularumpi, formerly Garden Point), pop. 440, 27 km west of Milipakpiti, on the west coast of Melville Island. About 30 more people live in five family outstations. Together, Melville Island and Bathurst Island are known as the Tiwi Islands. Melville Island is renowned for its great fishing,

Bathurst Island

The largest settlement on Bathurst is Wurrumiyanga (known as Nguiu until 2010), in the south-east, with a population of around 1,450. Located on the south east corner of Bathurst Island, Wurrumiyanga is approximately 70 km (43 mi) north of Darwin. The second largest settlement is Wurakuwu, pop. 50, 60 km (37 mi) northwest of Wurrumiyanga. The third settlement on the island is a small family outstation called 4 Mile Camp, about 6 km (4 mi) west of Wurrumiyanga. After a wonderful scenic flight you arrive at Bathurst Island where you are met by a Tiwi guide and taken on a journey through the progressive community of Nguiu visiting the museum and Early Mission Precinct with its unique Tiwi style Catholic Church. You are then taken through the successful arts and crafts centres, see the artists at work and have the opportunity to purchase Tiwi arts and crafts and screen-printed fabric at Island prices.

Maningrida

Maningrida is an indigenous community in the heart of the Arnhem Land region of Australia’s Northern Territory. Maningrida is located 500 km (311 mi) east of Darwin and 300 km (186 mi) north east of Jabiru. It is on the North Central Arnhem Land coast of the Arafura Sea, on the estuary of the Liverpool River. The Kunibídji people are the traditional landowners of this country. The name Maningrida is an Anglicised version of the Kunibídji name Manayingkarírra, which comes from the phrase Mane djang karirra, meaning “the place where the Dreaming changed shape.” The town supports a population of 2,600 people, which includes those who live on the 30 homeland centres or outstations around Maningrida. Major players in the town’s economic and political life include the “Maningrida Progress Association,” the “Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation,” and the “Maningrida Arts and Culture” artists’ co-op. The area is renowned for its arts see Maningrida Arts. Great fishing can be found in the are as well see Barralodge.

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