ARN­HEM LAND, NT

Australian Traveller - - The 100 -

Trav­el­ling to the far re­mote north-east of the NT is not easy; you could fly in but you’ll still have to sit in a 4WD for hours on sandy, ochre dirt roads mak­ing your way across rivers to iso­lated home­land com­mu­ni­ties, ev­ery one of which you’ll need per­mis­sion to pass through. Head­ing here is not a hol­i­day; you will sleep along­side its peo­ple, of­ten un­der the stars, and eat tra­di­tional bush tucker that may push you be­yond your culi­nary com­fort zone, with sta­ples like dugong and tur­tle eggs. It’s a jour­ney through a wild and barely touched en­vi­ron­ment, of pris­tine white beaches and un­tamed, trop­i­cal bush, and the peo­ple that live there; you’ll find thriv­ing com­mu­ni­ties of the Yol­ngu peo­ple, who have in many cases re­turned to their an­ces­tral home­lands from the cities. And what can be a more re­ward­ing jour­ney than that?

It’s a jour­ney through a wild and barely touched en­vi­ron­ment, of pris­tine white beaches and un­tamed, trop­i­cal bush.

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