Removing marine debris alongside Aboriginal Rangers in Arnhem Land

Cape Arnhem

cape arnhem

Cape Arnhem sunset

A journey to the remote Aboriginal owned Northeast Arnhem Land to assist marine rescue projects.

Cape Arnhem is located at the tip of the Northern Territory, forming part of the spectacular North East Arnhem Land wilderness area.  This land is one of the last great unspoiled areas of the world and well known for its strong Aboriginal culture, towering escarpments, spectacular coastlines, wetlands and wildlife. The peninsula’s wild coastlines and surrounding waters swarm with marine life and face continual threats from marine debris pollution.

Join us for a remote and active adventure, assisting Dhimurru Aboriginal Rangers with our annual marine debris surveys at Cape Arnhem Land.  Walking stretches of local beaches help collect, catalogue and record data on debris which has washed ashore.

For holiday makers looking to give something back, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

  • Spectacular Arnhem Land scenery
  • Outback coastlines
  • Meet and interact with the local Dhimurru Aboriginal Rangers
  • The opportunity to help conserve marine wildlife

Duration: 9 days
Price: from AUD $1,950 Per Person


Day 1

Depart Darwin for a full day travel to Bulman.  Camp set up and prepare dinner under the stars.  LD

Day 2

Travel to Nhulunbuy, a remote community located on the Gove Peninsula. In the late afternoon we arrive and settle into our accommodation. BLD

Days 3-7

Each day we travel by 4WD to remote beaches where we will undertake Marine Debris clean-up alongside the aboriginal ranges from the Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation.  Clean-up activities will involve walking the beaches daily to collect marine debris before sorting and cataloguing the collected debris. There is also time to enjoy some of the local sights and stunning East Arnhem Land sunsets for example, Gayngaru Wetlands Interpretive Walk, Marika Lookout, Wurrwurrwuy (Garanhan) Macassan Beach Interpretive Walk and Yirrkala (Buku-Larrnggay Mulka) Art Centre. BLD

Day 8

Depart Gove for our return road journey to Bulman.  Camp set up and dinner. BLD

Day 9

Final road trip back to Darwin. Expected arrival time into Darwin city is 5.30pm BL

B – breakfast       L –  lunch        D – dinner


This program is graded medium and we recommend participants have a moderate fitness level.  Marine debris activities involve walking along stretches of beaches for approximately 4 – 6 hours a day in warm to hot climatic conditions.

Group Size

  • Maximum 6 people per group.
  • Minimum age for participation is 14.
  • Participants under 16 are to be accompanied by an adult.
  • This trip offers guaranteed departures subject to 5 people travelling.

Conservation Impact

Naturewise Eco Escapes contribute to wildlife conservation and offer you the opportunity to explore outstanding national parks and conservation reserves. Working with the Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation and Conservation Volunteers participants will walk along beaches in Cape Arnhem region to collect, catalogue and dispose of marine debris. During the first half of the project you will be walking the beaches daily to collect marine debris before spending the last few days cataloging and recording data on the collected debris. The data is sent to Tangaroa Blue to determine the source of pollution and guide strategies to aid pollution reduction.    This program is run in partnership between Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, Tangaroa Blue and Conservation Volunteers Australia.

Location and transportation

This holiday is located at Cape Arnhem – Nhulunbuy.  Gove peninsula on the northern most tip of Arnhem Land. The Yolngu (Aboriginal people of Northeast Arnhem Land) are the traditional owners of these lands consisting of approximately 101,000ha.

You will be transported from Darwin in a sideward facing air conditioned 4WD.  While comfort stops will be provided this is an outback adventure and driving does take place on unsealed roads. The travel distance from Darwin to Gove is long and takes 2 full days driving in each direction.  Some participants choose to fly one way from Gove back to Darwin or Cairns via regional express – this will be at your own additional cost and arrangements.


You will be staying in Bunk style accommodation with shared bathroom facilities is provided in Gove. Please bring your own sleeping bag, bath towel and toiletries. Accommodation during transit to Gove will be camping – tents and camp mats are provided.


All prices are for 9 days, per person.

Bunk room/camping: AUD $1,950

8 night’s accommodation •  return transfers from Darwin to Gove • experienced Conservation Volunteers guide and Dhimurru Rangers •  Yirrkala (Buku-LarrnggayMulka) Art Centre • all meals • maximum 6 passengers • permits • marine debris activities • local scheduled sightseeing 

Alcoholic drinks • items of a personal nature • travel insurance • travel to Darwin departure point • Optional tours and activities not included in program itinerary

Departure dates

Saturday 26 August – Sunday 3 September 2017

Register your interest for 2017 program

Departs: 7.30am Darwin CVA Office The Transit Centre, Shop 7a/69 Mitchell Street, Darwin
Returns: Darwin CVA Office at approximately  5.30pm

This annual program only departs once a year.


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