Welcome to Groote Eylandt
Northern Territory, Australia
Groote Eylandt archipelago is situated on the western side of the Gulf of Carpentaria, approximately 600km south east of Darwin. Our traditional owners are Warnindilyakwa, but are referred to by their language name Anindilyakwa. There are three Indigenous communities in the archipelago – Angurugu, Umbakumba and Milyakburra (Bickerton Island).
Groote Eylandt is unique and has a very diverse environment – with pristine beaches, spring water swimming holes, open woodland, rainforest, red sand dunes, the aqua waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria (a fisherman’s paradise) and rock art which is thousands of years old. Alyangula is the largest community and is the mining town of GEMCO. It is a growing community due to the expansion of mining and also several new enterprises. Alyangula offers a number of lifestyle activities such as a golf course and club, tennis and squash courts and a swimming pool and oval, all well placed within tropical ambience.
The archipelago is in an enviable position in the context of the Northern Territory’s, Australia’s and indeed the world’s natural environment. Surrounding the island is a marine environment with fabulous reef systems and rich, Indigenous, commercial and recreation fisheries.
Having all these qualities in a single place is rare in the context of contemporary Australia and truly makes Groote Eylandt a unique and highly valuable location in terms of environmental values. The Traditional Owners and Anindilyakwa Land Council wish to extend a warm welcome to all visitors to Groote Eylandt and we hope you enjoy your stay. We extend the opportunity to learn about our culture while maintaining respect for our people and country.