Gove Peninsula & Arnhem Land

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[wptabtitle] REGIONAL INFORMATION AND CULTURE[/wptabtitle]
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Arnhem Land is one of the last great-unspoiled areas of the world. It is vast, covering 91,000 square kilometres, is located in the middle of Australia’s northern coast and is bounded by Kakadu National Park, the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria. It is a culturally strong, remote and pristine environment. The area is made up of wild coastlines, deserted islands, rivers teeming with fish, lush rainforest, soaring escarpments and savannah woodland. Yolngu (Aboriginal) people solely own Arnhem Land and have lived in the region for at least 60,000 years with recognised land and marine estates.

East Arnhem Land is one of the last wilderness areas on earth and is one of the best fishing destinations in the world. Gove Sports Fishing offers great fishing for both the novice and the experienced angler in the pristine waters of the Arafura Sea off the Gove Peninsula. Gove gives you close proximity to many offshore islands and top fishing spots! Click here to see Maps of areas we fish. The Gove Peninsula itself is scenic with long white sandy beaches, azure waters and green vegetation.

Aboriginal Culture is an important part of the way of life in East Arnhem Land. Yirrkala is the largest Yolngu community on the Gove Peninsula and is situated 15 km southeast of Nhulunbuy with around 800 residents. Many of the Yolngu people in the region live in small communities located on the traditional homelands.

Hunting and Fishing still provide an important link for the Yolngu people to retain their cultural and spiritual links. The Traditional Arts and Craft of the people of this region have become renowned around the world!

The Gove Peninsula was a key in the defence of Northern Australia during World War II and relics from this can still be seen around the Gove Peninsula.

For more information about East Arnhem Land including the Yolngu people, local history, attractions and tours visit the East Arnhem Land Tourist Association Website.

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[wptabtitle] CLIMATE AND WEATHER[/wptabtitle]
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The “Dry Season” (May-October) is our ‘winter’ and temperatures average 28 degrees Celsius. The Trade Winds are from the south-east or easterly and can create choppy sea conditions during June, July and August.

The “Tropical Summer” (November-April) offers average temperatures of 30-33 degrees Celsius with ocean breezes and spectacular lightening shows! This season offers the best sea conditions and the Trade Winds are from the nor-west. End of December, January and February are the months we receive most of our rain.

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[wptabtitle] GETTING TO AND FROM GOVE[/wptabtitle]
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By Road: To travel the Central Arnhem Road requires travel through many Aboriginal Homelands and permits are required. There is no cost for this permit but a permit is necessary to preserve the area and monitor the numbers on the track. The Northern Land Council issue these permits.

By Air: Our prices do not include, nor do we book, air flights – however we are happy to provide you with information to assist in your booking flights. Airnorth operate return services from Darwin to Gove and Cairns to Gove 6 days a week (Sunday to Friday). The airline are partners with Qantas Airways which allows you to book flights direct with Qantas and redeem Qantas Frequent Flyer points on all Airnorth services. We recommend that you book your flights through Qantas. Airnorth also operates flights to Gove from Darwin and Groote Eylandt.

Gove airport is located just 13 kilometres from Nhulunbuy. When you book a multi-day charter with Gove Sports Fishing and Diving we include airport transfers.

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Map of Gove and Arnhemland

Map Gove Australia

Map Gove Australia

The white sand beaches, the clear blue waters, the tropical climate, the friendly and casual nature of the locals and the spectacular scenery makes East Arnhem Land one of Australia’s best kept secrets!

Gove Sports Fishing and Diving Charters operates out of the township of Nhulunbuy which is situated on the Gove Peninsula. The Gove Peninsula is the most eastern extremity of the Northern Territory mainland and is part of Arnhem Land. Arnhem Land is rich in culture and natural wonders and covers an area of 91,000 sq km making it one of Australia’s largest areas of Aboriginal owned land. The region offers a truly unique and remote experience!

The “Dry Season” (May-October) is our ‘winter’ and temperatures average 28 degrees Celsius. The Trade Winds are from the south-east or easterly and can create choppy sea conditions during June, July and August.

Topend Map

Topend Map

The “Tropical Summer” (November-April) offers average temperatures of 30-33 degrees Celsius with ocean breezes and spectacular lightening shows! This season offers the best sea conditions and the Trade Winds are from the nor-west. End of December, January and February are the months we receive most of our rain.