Idyl­lic rare beauty

It may take a long time to get to Gove but it’s worth ev­ery minute


YOU won’t pass through this gem of a town by ac­ci­dent or on your way to some­where else.

To get to Nhu­lun­buy you’ll need to go out of your way, like a 1000 kilo­me­tres out of your way.

And the drive is not for the faint hearted, nor a hum­ble sedan.

You need to be pre­pared, you need to have grit and you need to have a de­sire to get out to this place.

But once you ar­rive, you’ll un­der­stand what all the fuss is about.

While the rest of the Ter­ri­tory squirms un­der the pre­vail­ing heat of the build up, the town of Nhu­lun­buy is ca­ressed by cool sea breezes.

Lo­cated on the Gove Penin­sula, it is fringed by the Ara­fura Sea and Melville Bay.

With 270 de­grees of coast­line sur­round­ing this town, it’s no won­der the lo­cals look more like laid-back tourists.

We start our day with a cof­fee run to the Re­fin­ery Cafe, then head down to Lit­tle Bondi.

No park­ing has­sles and no-one on the beach.

This sure beats it’s more well­known cousin.

The white sand is only punc­tured by sand dol­lars, and the azure wa­ter stretches as far as the eye can see.

Swim­ming in this re­gion is a bit of a con­tra­dic­tory topic.

Some ar­eas are com­pletely off lim­its, while other ar­eas are deemed not so risky.

Div­ing is a pas­sion for many lo­cals and the surf club pa­trols beaches dur­ing the dry sea­son.

And so the con­tra­dic­tion con­tin­ues.

But any swim­ming in the Top End comes with known dan­gers, and so the key is to be aware and put your safety first above all else.

We stop at Yir­rkala to visit the Buku-Lar­rng­gay Mulka Cen­tre.

There are art cen­tres and then there are art cen­tres.

This struc­ture would not be out of place nes­tled un­der the Syd­ney Opera House and yet as you walk through the front door, el­ders are sit­ting com­fort­ably on the floor paint­ing their his­toric sto­ries us­ing an­cient meth­ods.

We say hello to el­der and res­i­dent artist Mulkan, whose pow­er­ful works are cur­rently tour­ing Aus­tralia.

Small town liv­ing has perks us city folk can only dream of.

It seems the kind peo­ple of Nhu­lun­buy have chan­nelled all their spare time and built a town teem­ing with recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties and clubs, and they’re only more than keen to show vis­i­tors what their home­town has to of­fer.

Fish­ing is a rite of pas­sage here, and there are plenty of char­ter com­pa­nies to sign up with.

Try your luck and you might reel in a Span­ish Mack­erel or per­haps a Red Em­peror.

No mat­ter what, a day on the wa­ter won’t dis­ap­point.

With the sun set­ting it’s time to sit back, let some­one else cook the fish and have a cold one.

The Gove Boat Club is one of the many op­tions to do just that.

The play­ground en­ter­tains the kids while we en­joy a golden mo­ment with new friends.


It’s an idyl­lic life at the Gove Boat Club

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