As an ancient island for the Aboriginals and center for traditional craft, Elcho Island serves as the area for immersion. Located in a place of lush natural beauty, where the beaches sit surrounded by deep-red cliffs, discover an untouched beauty.
Elcho Island, also known as Galiwin’ku by its traditional owners, is an island off the shores of Northern Territory. It is located 150 km west of Nhlunbuy and at the southern end of the Wessel Islands group. This is the second largest and the most remote Aboriginal community in the Northern territory. Hosting a population of 2500 people, most are Aboriginal residents of the community, speaking up to 22 different dialects. Elcho Island was also the home of the late folk musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and actor Baykali Ganambarr. The Galiwin’ku community was established in 1942 as a refuge from possible bombing of the Milingimbi Royal Australian Air Force Base in 1942, and the Methodist Church arrived in 1947. The Market Garden was established, pushing the cypress pine logging and sawmill industry. The original mission was to encourage Aboriginal people to stay on their traditional lands, and ended when self-government came in the 1970s. Numerous clan groups now live in Galiwin’ku, most prominently the Yolngu people. Traditional owners share residency and divide the estates. The East Arnhem Regional Council provides the government in Galiwin’ku. Some points of interest include the Elcho Island Arts, an art center for the display and sale of traditionally made art. The island is also known for its Elcho Island Dancers, the Djuki Mala Dancers who performed a routine to Zorba the Greek. Ancient coins have also been discovered on the island. Ready to land in the Elcho Island Airport yet?