The vast, sprawling expanse of Arnhem Land promises a mysterious encounter with the Northern Territory’s rugged wilderness. Populated by a small community of around 17,000 Yolngu people, the region boasts an incredibly rich Aboriginal history that is still visible in the stunning scenery today.
Throughout the sparse landscape, outstations can be found here and there where locals toe the line between tradition and today – hunting is still an important part of daily life, but so is keeping up with the international news.
The region is so remote and well-preserved that most visitors require a permit to enter, mainly because of the plentiful ceremonial and burial grounds that pepper the land. Usually, it is enough to visit one of the local arts centres, which are great for learning more about the heritage of the region and the local Aboriginal customs. Most tours will include a permit to the region, though you can visit neighbouring Gunbalanya and its cultural centre as an independent traveller.