Arnhem Land

A Tropical Wilderness

Map of the Top End of the Northern Territory
Arnhem Land in the Top End of the Northern Territory
Arnhem Land is about the same size as Indiana in the US. Map by Questacon.

Arnhem Land is over 94 000 km2 (36 200 mi2) in area and lies between Kakadu National Park, the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria in Australia's Northern Territory.

Arnhem Land is Aboriginal territory. Visitors must obtain a permit from the Traditional Owners before entering the land. Permits are usually only given for visiting friends or family, or for work.

Arnhem Land is in a tropical region. The climate is monsoonal wet /dry. In the wet season over 1 500 mm (59 in) of rain can fall. In the dry it usually does not rain at all. In the wet season the only way into Arnhem Land is by aircraft.

South from the coastline, Arnhem Land ranges up over an escarpment, a winding 100-200 m (330-660 ft) cliff face, and onto the plateau beyond. Arnhem Land extends inland about 300 km (185 mi).