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The Gove Peninsula is located on the east coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria within Arnhem Land, a vast area of Aboriginal-owned land on the Northern Territory coastline.
The township of Nhulunbuy is the main commercial and service centre of the Peninsula and is 600 kilometres east of Darwin. There is approximately 15,000 people within the Gove Peninsula, of which the majority is Indigenous. There are nearly 4,000 people in Nhulunbuy, the majority being non-Indigenous people.
Nhulunbuy is a purpose built town developed by Alcan Gove, a bauxite mine and alumina refinery close by. The town is built on a Special Purpose Lease on Aboriginal land and is now the largest town is East Arnhem Land and the fourth largest town in the Northern Territory.
The Gove Peninsula is a place of spectacular beauty with unspoilt coastline, wetlands rich in birdlife and is world renowned for fantastic fishing opportunities.
Gove [Nhulunbuy] highlights
- Indigenous Arts and Culture
- Visit Baringura (Little Bondi) with its stretches of unspoilt white beaches, perfect for picnics, snorkelling and day trips
- Take a drive to Nanydjaka (Cape Arnhem) with amazing sand dunes as far as the eye can see
- Go hiking in Gayngaru a seven kilometre stretch of wetlands and home to over 200 species of birds
- Take in the panoramic views at the Rotary Marika Lookout over the town, coastline, harbour and wetlands
- Take a boat trip our to the island groups of Wessel Islands, Bromby Islets, English Company Islands and Elizabeth Bay for a great day of reef or bluewater fishing or outstanding snorkelling or scuba diving in crystal clear waters
Airnorth Ladies Fishing Classic
Since 2009, Airnorth have been the proud naming sponsor of one of the best female fishing tournaments in the Territory.
This hotly-contested event is held annually during what is known as the 'run-off' season around March or April. Run by the Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club, this female only team event attracts dozens of keen anglers from around Australia for two days of non-stop fishing action.
View some of the outstanding highlights of the 2014 Airnorth Ladies Fishing Classic tournament.
To find out more about Gove’s forthcoming fishing activities, visit the Nhulunbuy Regional Sports Fishing Club.
Images courtesy Tourism NT