Getting Here

Arnhem Land is a remote area, but air access to Nhulunbuy (also known and Gove) is good through Darwin and Cairns Airports. It is possible to drive from Darwin, but this is a serious undertaking. There is also now a seaborne option to get from Darwin to Arnhem Land.


Nhulunbuy (also known as Gove) is serviced by Air North jet flights 6 days a week from both Darwin and Cairns (no Saturday service). Air North is a code share partner with Qantas and the flights can be booked through the Qantas site earning frequent flyer points. In most cases it works better to fly in from Cairns due to more convenient flight connections. If travelling from Perth, Adelaide or Darwin then the Darwin flight is best.

Air North flight schedule

IMPORTANT NOTE: If travelling via Cairns, please ensure that your flight to Cairns arrives with sufficient time to make the Air North flight to Gove. Missed connections due to flight delays out of Sydney and Melbourne are common and result in a day layover in Cairns and missing a day of tour. Flying via Darwin to Gove is generally a better idea although it means overnighting in Darwin.


Nhulunbuy is approximately 1,000 kilometres from Darwin by road via the Central Arnhem Road which connects with the Stuart Highway 50 kilometres south of the town of Katherine. The journey includes 600 kilometres of gravel road and very few refuelling options. A high clearance four wheel drive vehicle and additional fuel is recommended. Transit permits for this road are also required for the Central Arnhem Road from the Northern Land Council.


It is now possible to travel between Darwin and Nhulunbuy aboard a working cargo ship. Sea Swift operates cargo ships that supply many of the coastal communities of the Northern Territory and the ship that services Nhulunbuy can take passengers. The journey takes several days and stops in at communities along the way. Guests have cabins and are provided with meals onboard.