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Oenpelli

Oenpelli is a Aboriginal community town in the Arnhem Land region of the Northern Territory about 70 kms from Jabiru. Arnhem Land is a vast and remote area with spectacular escarpments, rock art, flood plains, animal life, beaches, mangrove wetlands and plant life.

Road travel is possible with a 4WD however access is by limited permit only.

East Arnhem Land is famous for its bark paintings and Oenpelli has its own community Cultural Centre where you can see these artworks. If you buy here, you are assured of getting the genuine article and all proceeds from sales return directly to the community.

A permit is required for road travel in Arnhem Land which can take up to two weeks to finalise. It can be organised at the Northern Land Council offices in Darwin or Jabiru. Many visitors prefer to see Arnhem Land through an organised tour operation.

Attractions in Arnhem Land:

  • Injaluk Arts & Crafts Centre - screen-printed fabrics, woven baskets, traditional bark paintings and more. Open 9 - 5 daily.
  • Open Door Festival - held in August each year. Visitors can see Arnhem Land without a permit for one day only. Also features a Australian Rules tournament.
Permission applications

Northern Land Council Address website

Casuarina (Head Office)
PO Box 42921
9 Rowling Street
Casuarina NT 0811
Phone: (08) 8920 5178
Fax: (08) 8945 2633

Oenpelli: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Injalak Arts and Crafts


The Injalak Arts and Crafts Centre provides a unique opportunity to view Aboriginal artistry of very high calibre. Gunbalanya, or Oenpelli as it is also known, is a small Aboriginal township close to the East Alligator River, which is the natural boundary of Kakadu National Park. Approximately 1,000 people live in the town and its outstations.

Artists from this region are featured in every major collection of Aboriginal art in Australia, as well as a few collections overseas. There are traditional painters, bark painters, basket weavers and screen printers.

Browse the centre, viewing unique Aboriginal art and crafts, all made locally. Travellers may also be able to see the artists at work, and watch local women weaving pandanus baskets.

Injalak Arts and Crafts Centre is located on Aboriginal land within Arnhem Land. You must obtain a permit from the Northern Land Council before crossing the East Alligator River.

Injalak may close at short notice for cultural and community reasons, please phone prior to your departure to ensure Injalak Arts and crafts is open.






Gunbalanya
Oenpelli, NT, 0822

Located 8.5K from Oenpelli

Bardedjilidji Sandstone Walk


This is one of Kakadu's most interesting short walks, through towering sandstone pillars and vine forest. Bardedjilidji is the local Aboriginal word for Walking track or pathway. The name also refers to the roots of waterlilies growing in freshwater swamps and billabongs. The walk starts at a small carpark 500 m from the upstream boat ramp.

2.5 km | 2 hours

See it: May to December




Oenpelli Road
Gunbalanya, NT, 0822

Located 16.2K from Oenpelli

Ubirr


Ubirr is one of Kakadu National Park's two most famous Aboriginal rock art galleries. The galleries can be viewed by following an easy 1 kilometre circular walking track.

Climb the moderately steep 250 metre track to a rocky outlook with views across the floodplains. Time your visit for a spectacular and unforgettable tropical sunset from the top. There are three main sites of rock art to experience at Ubirr. At the Main Gallery you will see representations of the many animals the Aboriginal people hunted. Animals were painted to pay respect to them for giving their lives, to ensure future hunting success, or to illustrate a noteworthy catch. Important Dreamtime ancestors such as the Namarrgarn Sisters and a magnificent Rainbow Serpent are also represented in their respective galleries.

The walk to Ubirr takes about an hour and is 1 kilometre via a circular walking track from the car park. The climb to the lookout takes a further 30 minutes. During the tropical summer months access is restricted - check with the Bowali Visitor Centre for the latest information.




off Oenpelli Road,
Kakadu National Park
Jabiru, NT, 0886

Located 19.9K from Oenpelli

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