On the western side of Arnhem Land is Gunbalanya (Oenpelli). Call in to see artists at work and to buy baskets and paintings at the famous Injalak Art and Craft Centre. Join a tour led by an indigenous guide to Injalak Hill to see ancient rock art and hear Dreamtime stories. Join a bush tucker tour and learn how the indigenous people live from the land.
There are several famous indigenous arts centres in Arnhem Land, including the community of Maningrida and Yirrkala, just outside the coastal town of Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsula. Here you can also take a number of cultural tours with local indigenous guides to the white sand beaches and azure waters of Nanydjaka (Cape Arnhem), just a few hours' drive from Nhulunbuy. The crystal clear waters are perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling.
There are also many significant historical sites in Arnhem Land, including the ruins of an early European settlement in Garig Gunak Barlu National Park on the remote Cobourg Peninsula. The surrounding Cobourg Marine Park provides an ideal habitat for many thousands of bird species.
Throughout the year, Arnhem Land's landscapes undergo spectacular changes. The most popular time to visit is in the dry season (April to September). The wet season sees extremely dramatic weather conditions and some parts of the park are closed. Helicopter tours and light aircraft flights are another way to take in the vast expanse.