One of Australia's last wilderness areas and an Aboriginal homeland of great spiritual power – the two very often go hand in hand – Arnhem Land is a destination for dry season adventurers. This is a land of unspoilt coastlines and abundant wildlife. It's a hauntingly beautiful, even mysterious place, its red earth, azure seas and bottle-green woodlands the backdrop to a fascinating, soulful human story.
Arnhem Land's population of fewer than 20,000 people, in a land the size of Victoria, comes mostly from the Yolngu nation and traditional owners. This is their land and you're here only with their permission (permits are required). Most people live on outstations, but there are also Indigenous art centres, including some of Australia's best, and a fine festival to anchor your visit.
Travelling out here requires careful planning, but the rewards can be life-changing.
These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Arnhem Land.