Bus crossing river

Arnhem Land Field Trip

7 – 12th August 2011

Arnhem land is one of the most spectacular and bio-diverse regions of Australia, and is the home to Traditional Owners, whose culture and connection to country remains strong.

Focussing on Indigenous people and environmental issues, the 2011 field trip group travelled from Darwin into remote communities in Arnhem Land, learning about Indigenous and joint land management practices, national park management, and land councils.

Resident expert Dr Barry Traill lead the group through a range of learning experiences, including the workings of Indigenous Protected Areas, introductions to ranger groups, issues relating to threatened and endangered species, and national park operation.

Day 1 Darwin

Cultural briefing followed by reception with leading Indigenous and environment organisations.

Day 2 Darwin to Kakadu

Exploring joint management, invasive species, the decline in northern mammal populations and fire management.

Day 3 Kakadu National Park to Maningrida

Morning bird watch, then travel from Alligator River to Maningrida in Arnhem Land. Briefing on work of Djelk Rangers, one of Australia’s leading Indigenous ranger groups.

Day 4 Maningrida to Kulnguki campsite, Arnhem Land Plateau

Maningrida Arts Centre, drive to the ‘Stone Country- Arnhem land Plateau. Discussion of work of Wardekken Rangers who manage other sandstone gorge country of the Arnhem Land Plateau.

Day 5 In and around Kulnguki

Morning nature walk followed by a visit cultural site at Kundjorlomdjorlom with Traditional Owners. Look at country and see land management issues.

Day 6 Kulnguki to Darwin

Wetlands on the East Alligator and Adelaide River.