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Arnhem Land

The Arnhem Land region is an area of 91.000 square km in the far northern part of the Northern Territory, on the eastern side of Kakadu National Park. It was named by Matthew Flinders after the Dutch ship Arnhem which explored the coast in 1631. In 1931 it became an aboriginal reserve and today it is one of the last aboriginal reserves in Australia. It has a wild coastline, many deserted islands, rainforest, savannah woodland and rivers teeming with fish. With a population of 16,000 it is one of the last unspoilt areas of Australia. Due to this the Aboriginal traditions and their way of life have stayed mostly intact. If you wish to visit Arnhem Land you will need to get a permit through the Northern Land Council. This needs to be done minimum 10 days in advance. There are two ways to get to Arnhem Land; either by air or by 4WD vehicles. Anyone who is a keen fisherman will find a real fishing heaven; because of its remoteness the rivers are rarely fished and there is an abundance of barramundi, but also marlin (up the coast) and other treasured species.