Do I need a permit?
To travel the Central Arnhem Road from the Stuart Highway via Bulman to Nhulunbuy requires a permit from the Northern Land Council (NLC) in advance.
Permits can take up to two weeks to process. The road is not suitable for caravans or boat trailers and they are not permitted by the NLC, only sturdy off-road camper trailers. The NLC office in Nhulunbuy is contactable on 08 8986 8500 and the Katherine office 08 8971 9899.
To stay in Nhulunbuy, you will also require a general permit, to find out more about fees, different permit types and or to obtain a permit, check out the Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation website. They now also have a convenient online booking system.
NB. Severe penalties apply for moving throughout the region without a permit and visitors are asked to respect the wishes of the Traditional Owners in this regard.
Fuel is available from Katherine, Mataranka, possibly Bulman Community Store.
Mainoru Store is now closed
The distance from either Katherine or Mataranka through to Nhulunbuy is approx. 715km.