Being fishermen (and women), hunters and gatherers, the Anindilyakwa know all the best fishing locations and hold this information close. We can tell you that there are 15 beautiful recreation spots on the island, open to visitors for camping (with permits), fully accessible by vehicle, as well as boat.
ALC Rangers are now conducting random checks for Recreation Permits. Non-indigenous persons accessing closed or non-recreational areas are trespassing, unless there is a signed written letter from the ALC. This is enforced and can carry a hefty fine.
Please be mindful that at times, due to sorry business or for other cultural reasons, areas may be closed indefinitely. We ask that you respect the wishes of the Anindilyakwa people and only visit those areas designated open on our website. This is also for the protection and safety of the unique flora and fauna within our finely balanced, eco-system.
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When in doubt, ask the ALC first. Groote Eylandt holds many secrets for fishermen, amateur photographers, explorers and nature lovers alike. Secret coves, cliffs, sandy bays and reefs are all best discovered by boat. Inland jungle tracks are perfect for hiking or biking.
We sincerely hope you enjoy your time on Groote Eylandt, however please be aware that permission is required prior to research, film or photography that could lead to commercial activities or publication. Publications that are unauthorised may lead to mental harm, physical injury or have other serious repercussions amongst Anindilyakwa people.
To ensure the best possible legal protection for the Anindilyakwa People and to safeguard their intellectual property, the ALC will generally assume copyright over any design, text, graphics, logos, icons, sound recordings, photography and film generated with the aim of commercial production or research publication. Apart from any use as may be permitted under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth), none of these things may be reproduced without the prior written consent of the ALC.
This legal protection also extends to bush tucker, bush medicines and local bio-pharmaceuticals, accessed from cultural knowledge. We simply ask that you Respect the traditional knowledge, wisdom and wishes of our Senior People, their ancestors and the generations to come.
While we are keen to showcase our culture to the rest of Australia and the world, the Anindilyakwa people also would like this to be of direct benefit to us. Please fill in the form below so that we can assess your application objectively.
Please note that Groote Eylandt is a Prescribed Area. As a condition of your permit, under specific request by the Traditional Owners, no alcohol or drugs are to be brought in or consumed in any of the recreation areas.
Alcohol may only be consumed in Alyangula, either upon licensed premises or with a liquor permit-holder, in their place of residence.
To supply, consume or be caught in possession of drugs, without a prescription, is illegal throughout Australia. On Groote Eylandt, NT Law Enforcement Officers ensure that strict penalties apply. Do not risk it, not only are you disrespecting the Anindilyakwa people, you will be caught.