Category Archives: Arnhem Land

Day 85. Nhulunbuy to Darwin

More footy fix today and a lovely way to spend our last day in Arnhem Land. There was a 2-day tournament being held in Nhulunbuy with teams from around Arnhem Land: Groote Island, Elcho Island, Gapuwiyak, Maningrida, Galiwinku and a … Continue reading

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Day 84. Yirrkala

A couple of times we went to the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre in Yirrkala. This is much bigger than the one in Gapuwiyak and is renowned for their bark paintings and the painted burial poles. They have local artists and … Continue reading

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Day 80 – 83. Yirrkala

We spent the next week at Yirrkala, another East Arnhem Land town. Yirrkala is on the coast and is only a 20-minute drive from Nhulunbuy on sealed roads. We found it a bit more suburban than Gapuwiyak. Some of you … Continue reading

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Day 79. Gapuwiyak to Yirrkala

Today we bid a very sad farewell to Gapuwiyak. It has been the most extraordinary experience, and we all felt extremely lucky to be able to go to such a remote and unaffected part of Australia. Tom and I are … Continue reading

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Day 78. Gapuwiyak and Raymangirr

This morning we walked to the site of a plane crash about half a kilometre from the end of the Gapuwiyak runway. In 2001 a Cessna crashed shortly after takeoff, the 26-year-old male pilot was the only one on board … Continue reading

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Day 77. Gapuwiyak

Arnhem Sports officially finished this morning with the presentation of medals and trophies. Each of the winning teams got medals as well as the best overall track and field for each age group. Gapuwiyak dominated in the team events winning … Continue reading

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Day 74 – 77. Gapuwiyak – Arnhem Sports

Arnhem Sports is an annual social and sporting carnival involving students aged 11 – 18+ yrs. All of the teams are from schools in remote communities in North Arnhem Land; Ramingining, Gapuwiyak, Elcho Island, Maningrida, Warruwi, Milingimbi and Yirrkala. There … Continue reading

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Day 74. Gapuwiyak

In the morning we went to the Gapuwiyak Culture and Arts Centre. Centres such as this are established to support the local culture across the generations. As well as the more obvious art and craft, it also supports activities relating … Continue reading

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Day 73. Gapuwiyak

It was a public holiday in the Northern Territory, Queens Birthday, today so nothing much was happening. Matt had leant the boys a football and a basketball for the week. We headed across the road to the football oval to … Continue reading

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Day 72. Darwin to Gapuwiyak, in Arnhem Land

Aaah up in the fives, this was much worse than it sounds as a few days ago we were in WA which is 2 hours behind so it was almost like getting up in threes. To make it more annoying … Continue reading

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