Arnhem Land is a vast and unspoilt region in the northeast corner of the NT. Occupied by Aboriginal people for over 60,000 years, it extends from the Roper River in the Gulf, right around the east and north coasts to the border of Kakadu. The strong, continuing culture of its Indigenous inhabitants fascinates most, as does the beautiful landscape of rugged ranges, idyllic billabongs, monsoonal rainforest and paper bark swamps.
With permission from Traditional Owners, Outback Spirit has established a network of luxurious wilderness lodges and safari camps, granting passengers access through the heart of this wild and mystical land. Join us and become one of the few to uncover its rich culture, pristine landscape and abundant wildlife.
Outback Spirit is the only tour company with permission to travel right through the heart of Arnhem Land, a sacred and mystical region of the Northern Territory. Arnhem Land is Aboriginal Land, and our extraordinary adventure is the result of extensive consultations with the Northern Land Council and Traditional Owners. We’re privileged to be able to showcase this very special part of the world and take great pleasure in providing an insight into Arnhem Land’s ancient Indigenous culture and pristine wilderness.
An adventure through Arnhem Land wouldn’t be possible without somewhere to stay. That’s why we’ve created a network of stunning safari camps and wilderness lodges in the best locations. Highlights of the adventure in their own right, these camps and lodges are exclusive to Outback Spirit and represent an investment of over $15 million. They include the iconic Seven Spirit Bay, the Barramundi Lodge near Maningrida and the Murwangi Safari camp on the banks of the Arafura Swamp. For more details, just head to our Camps & Lodges tab at the top of the page.
Travelling through Arnhem Land is an adventure in culture. And not just any; it’s the oldest surviving culture in the world. Aboriginal people have lived in Arnhem Land for over 60,000 years, and during that time developed a sophisticated kinship system. Trading and intermarrying with the Macassans of Indonesia dates as far back as 1100AD, and ancient ceremonies are still practised to this day. Authentic cultural activities and insights from Aboriginal guides are a real highlight and help our guests understand the deep connection to country held by Indigenous Australians.