Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria, in remote Arnhem Land, is one of Australia’s last untouched wilderness areas. The Island is known for its pristine natural and marine environment, spectacular scenery, Aboriginal art and culture, and some of the best fishing in the world.
The traditional owners of the Groote Eylandt archipelago region are the Warnindilyakwa Aboriginal people, referred to by their language name, Anindilyakwa.
The Anindilyakwa have occupied Groote Eylandt for some eight thousand years, and 14 clans live in the archipelago area. The three main Indigenous communities—Angurugu, Milyakburra and Umbakumba—are home to about 1500 people. All 14 clans still strongly embrace their culture and ceremonial traditions.
The Anindilyakwa language is thought to be one of the most ancient in Australia. Uncommonly for Indigenous groups, the traditional Anindilyakwa language is the first language spoken among all 14 clan groups.
In 2006, the Groote Eylandt archipelago was officially declared an Indigenous Protected Area, giving ownership and management of the archipelago’s land and sea country to Anindilyakwa clans. The Anindilyakwa people pride themselves on their hospitality and are very welcoming to visitors to Groote Eylandt.
Groote Eylandt Sports Fishing is owned and operated by the Traditional Owners as a division of Groote Eylandt Lodge. Operations are under the management of Andrew Derby one of Australia’s most respected guides.
The Lodge is managed on behalf of the Traditional Owners by Metro Hotels.