Gunbalanya is a small Aboriginal community 17km into Arnhem Land across the East Alligator River from the Border Store in Kakadu. Home to one of the NT's best Indigenous art centres, Gunbalanya makes an excellent add-on to a visit to Kakadu.
The drive in itself is worth the trip, with brilliant green wetlands and spectacular escarpments lining the road. Road access is only possible between May and October: check the tides at Cahill's Crossing on the East Alligator River before setting out so you don't get stuck on the other side.
To travel to and from Injalak Arts, you'll need to obtain a permit from the Northern Land Council in Jabiru. These are the traditional lands of the Birriwinjku people.