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Groote Eylandt, NT

Groote Eylandt means ‘big island’ in Dutch and is indeed the largest island in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Although official ownership of the island has been returned to the Anindilyakwa people, the Dutch were the first Europeans to record its existence.

Known For

  • Beautiful pristine landscapes
  • Abundant Aboriginal culture

Turquoise water on Groote Eylandt
Groote Eylandt is an amazing destination located in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is known for its stunning landscapes, unique wildlife and abundant Aboriginal culture. With its pristine white sand beaches, clear turquoise waters and lush rainforests, Groote Eylandt offers something for everyone to enjoy.

The local Aboriginal people welcome visitors to come explore the area and gain a better understanding of their incredible culture. From diving and fishing to exploring ancient rock art galleries, there is plenty to see and do on Groote Eylandt!

You can apply for a permit to visit the island by contacting the Anindilyakwa Land Council office on Groote Eylandt. Located 650 kilometres from Darwin by air, Groote Eylandt is part of Arnhem Land and permits from the Northern Land Council are mandatory for all visitors.

The landscape is typical of the Top End, light woodland savannah country fringed by mangroves on the coast. Alyangula is the main town with a population of 670 and most residents are non Aboriginal miners.

The island is a great destination for outdoor activities such as fishing, diving, snorkeling, and kayaking. You can also take a bushwalk through the lush rainforest or explore ancient rock art galleries.

Other popular activities include camping, bird watching and taking part in traditional Aboriginal cultural tours. The area also offers guided tours of historical sites related to the local Aboriginal culture.

groote eylandt

Groote Eylandt is a fantastic spot for fishing and while facilities for visitors are limited, safaris can be for anglers on the trail of queenfish, trevally, tuna, billfish, mackerel, cobia, barracuda and the many reef species abundant here.

The island can be accessed via air or sea with regular flights operate to the airport in Groote Eylandt from Darwin and take around 1.5 hours, along with connections available from other major cities in Australia.

Whether you are looking for outdoor adventure or a relaxing getaway, this is a perfect place to spend some quality time in nature.

Where to stay?


  • Active
  • Nature based
  • Remote
  • Soft Adventure
  • Island

Popular Activities

  • Bush Walking
  • Adventure
  • Fishing
  • Wilderness
  • Wildlife
  • Outback
  • Beach

About Groote Eylandt

  • Locality: Rural locality
  • Groote Eylandt Postcode: 0885
  • State: Northern Territory
  • Region: Arnhem Land
  • Latitude: -13.851305
  • Longitude: 136.419556
  • Elevation: 5m
  • Timezone: Timezone: Australia/Darwin

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