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About Groote Eylandt

An aerial shot of the coast on Groote Eylandt

Groote Eylandt is one of the largest islands in the Gulf of Carpentaria and aptly named as it means 'big island' in Dutch. It is Australia's fourth-largest island. The Groote Archipelago is comprised of two main islands - Groote Eylandt and the Bickerton Islands and includes the Anindilyakwa communities of Umbakumba, Milyakburra, and Angurugu, which are home to about 1,500 people. Groote Eylandt has a tropical landscape, much like the rest of the Top End and is a fantastic spot for fishing. Visitors are required to apply for a permit from the Anindilyakwa Land Council to visit Groote Eylandt.

  • The weather on Groote Eylandt is tropical and humid with wet summers that are marked by thunderstorms. Temperatures in summer range from 25 to 40 degrees Celsius. During winter, the temperatures range from 10 to 30 degrees.

  • The vegetation around Groote Eylandt is tropical savannah woodland, and mangroves around the fringes with patches of monsoon vine forests. Groote Eylandt is known for its prolific wildlife - there are 83 bird species, including the endangered Northern Quoll. The marine environment is close to pristine and features large animals such as crocodiles, dugongs, turtles and manta rays.