Gove (Nhulunbuy) is the largest town in Arnhem Land in Australia’s Northern Territories. It was built in the 1970s to service the bauxite ore mine.
At the Gove Boat Club, there is a large parking area available, a sealed dual lane boat ramp and a small jetty.
VHF Channel 16
Information for visiting sailors
Boats requiring diesel
Bookings need to be made at least one or two days in advance by calling the main Seaswift office 08 8935 2435. There is also a minimum of 500L.
There is usually no wharf space on Mondays & Tuesdays due to the local barge service. Wednesday to Friday are the preferred days between the hours of 8am-2.30pm. However depending on their schedule there may be availability outside these days/times. Be sure to call ahead and check. Seaswift are also closed over the weekend.
Only Structural tanks and approved bladders will be filled. i.e no drums or jerry cans. Payment can be made by Visa or Mastercard.
Care needs to be taken at the wharf in high winds, especially in the dry season with prevailing South Easterlies.
If you require less than 500L- you will need to drum/jerry can your fuel from BP in town. Taxi & bus services generally do not allow fuel containers so if you require a hire car/ute please contact Gove Rentals & Mechanical 08 8987 1700.
Granted to all visiting yachts. $10 per person per week. An access card deposit of $20 is required. This will be fully refunded on return. The ablution block has showers, toilets, and coin operated washing machines and dryers.
If you need a lift into town
There is a daily bus service departing from the Club at approximately 9:15am, 10:30am and 1:15pm, Monday to Friday.
The cost is $5 per person per trip. This is operated by YBE, which can be contacted directly at 8987 0900.
Taxis are available and cost around $35 each way. Gove Taxi can be contacted at 131 008
Information for visiting campers
The Central Arnhem Rd turn off is situated 50km south of Katherine on the Stuart Highway. The distance is 710 km between Katherine & Nhulunbuy through Central Arnhem Land. There are two fuel stops. The first one is 240 km from Katherine at Mainoru Outback Store (500 km South of Gove/Nhulunbuy). There is also a fuel stop at Bulman (420 km South of Gove/Nhulunbuy). Hours of operation are subject to change and you should check with the Katherine Visitor Center to confirm before your drive.