Eylandt links

Groote Eylandt’s main points of interest

The Anindilyakwa Land Council

The Anindilyakwa Land Council is the peak representative body for the Traditional Owners of the Groote Archipelago.

The Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC) is a ‘future-forward’ Land Council, highly geared to enable the Anindilyakwa people to take full advantage of the opportunities and technology available in the 21st Century, while simultaneously preserving land, language and culture. This is the directive given by the 14 clans of the archipelago. For more info visit us here.

the Anindilyakwa land and sea rangers permits

Anindilyakwa Land & Sea Rangers manage an Indigenous Protected Area of 10,000 square kilometres of islands, reef and ocean in the azure waters of the Groote Archipelago. Rangers undertake management activities guided by their deep connection to traditional culture and combine that with the latest western science and technology across both the land and sea.

The Rangers on the Groote Archipelago play an extremely vital role in protecting the environmental, cultural and social values of the Archipelago and the people who live here. Rangers take guidance for their management activities from a Cultural Advisory Committee made up of respected Traditional Owners from the Archipelago. For more info visit us here.

The Groote Eylandt Lodge

Groote Eylandt Lodge is equipped with modern conveniences, including a large reception and restaurant, conference and gym facilities, a cultural building and large in-ground swimming pools, all connected by timber-decked boardwalks and landscaped tropical gardens designed to preserve the natural surroundings. For more info visit here.

 

Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruises

Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruises operates from the Adelaide River approximately 50 minutes south east of Darwin. Its tours have become iconic and allow visitors to get up close to larger saltwater crocodiles in absolute safety.

Along with Groote Eylandt Car Rentals, Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruises is owned and operated by the Arirrki Aboriginal Corporation.

Arirrki Aboriginal Corporation

Arirrki Aboriginal Corporation was first registered with the Office of Registration Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) in 2005. It formed after part of the Lalara family clan decided to split away from a much larger Corporation in order to be able to focus on providing support for themselves.

Arirrki represents five families that make up the Lalara Clan of Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island, where they are recognised by the Anindilyakwa Land Council as being traditional owners. The Board of Directors are made up of the family elder of each of the five families, plus a community liaison officer, who is the recognised overall clan leader, currently Mr Abel Lalara. He also is one of the senior ceremony men for the Groote archipelago. Visit the website here.

Groote Eylandt general info

Groote Eylandt, island off the northeast coast of Northern Territory, Australia. It is the largest island of an archipelago of the same name in the Gulf of Carpentaria, 40 km across Warwick Channel. Groote Eylandt is a barren and rocky outlier of the sunken coast of the Arnhem Land plateau that has deeply embayed north and east coasts and rises to 158 metres at its centre.

Groote Eylandt was long part of the Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Reserve. In 1976 land rights were granted to the Anindilyakwa Aboriginal people, who declared the archipelago the Anindilyakwa Indigenous Protected Area in 2006. The island has an airport with regularly scheduled flights to the Gove Peninsula and Darwin in the Northern Territory and Cairns, Queensland. The township of Angurugu, on the west coast, is the main settlement. Manganese deposits have been exploited on a large scale since 1966. There are numerous offshore reefs and islets, one of which, Chasm Island, has caves containing Aboriginal art.