Gove Boat Club

Getting here

Getting here

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.

Marine Information

Marine wind forecast maps

Bureau of Meteorology Northern Territory

Northern Government Tide Predictions 2020

Temporary Membership

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.  

Handy numbers

C&C Marine Services 0487741940

  • KMJ 0402111533
  • Morningside 89873666
  • Gove Rentals & Mechanical 89871700
  • Kansas Transportation 89872872

Band Refrigeration 0457319058

Ben Zeigler 0472978322

Bhagwan Marine 89872056

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.

To travel the Central Arnhem Road (4WD only) requires crossing many clan lands and a permit from the Northern Land Council (NLC) is required. There is no fee but it is necessary to monitor the numbers of people on the road to maintain this region. You can access the NLC Road Permit Application Form at the Northern Land Council website:

A great source of information available online at


A recreational permit is compulsory for visitors to venture outside of the marked Nhulunbuy town lease boundary to recreational sites. These permits must be obtained from Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation website: www. for a minimal cost.


Alcohol restrictions apply across the East Arnhem region.  You will need to obtain a permit to purchase takeaway liquor from the Liquor Permit Office in Nhulunbuy. The Gove Boat Club can also assist with submitting your liquor permit application.


A high clearance four wheel drive vehicle is essential for travelling this route. Be sure to engage 4WD on all dirt roads. The Central Arnhem Highway is a dirt road, which can reduce visibility considerably with vehicles coming from the other direction. There can be large corrugations and roads are prone to washouts during the wet season or periods of rain. Do not swim at the river crossings as salt water crocodiles inhabit these areas. Be particularly careful at night – buffaloes and other animals can stray on to the road. Be sure to drive to the conditions at all times. DO NOT SPEED! Carry plentiful food, fuel and water, spare tyre(s) and a puncture repair kit.

Check road conditions before you leave. Conditions can vary from sealed. roads to gravel and dirt roads, and can be affected by weather. Do not travel on a road that has been closed, and do not attempt to cross flooded roads or bridges unless absolutely certain of the depth and the road condition. For more details on Road Conditions visit