Nhulunbuy, also referred to as Gove, is a remote community located on the Gove peninsula at the northern tip of Arnhem Land. Financially supported by the Rio Tinto Alcan alumina mine and refinery the town is based mostly of direct and support employees of the industry, however there are many people who are here simply for the beautiful surroundings and fantastic lifestyle.
Nhulunbuy is located on traditional aboriginal land within a mining lease area. The Garma Festival is held annually as one of the largest celebrations of Australian aboriginal culture.
Rio Tinto Alcan Gove
From this remote location Alcan Gove mines bauxite and refines it into alumina which is supplied globally for the creation of aluminium and other products. With a commitment to innovation and excellence, Alcan Gove is well-positioned to deliver high quality alumina in the competitive world alumina market.
Recently undergoing a huge expansion, G3, there has been plenty of activity around town. It has also provided more opportunity for employment and town growth.
Employment in Nhulunbuy is not hard to find, but you must be suited to the working environment. For families of those working at the Rio Tino Alcan refinery there are plenty of jobs on offer.
Housing and accommodation
Rio Tinto Alcan provides most of the accommodation in town. The single person 'GAM' accommodation, town flats for couples, duplexs and houses for families.
There is some temporary accommodation in town, at the Gove Motel and Walkabout Lodge, however you cannot expect to just walk in and find a place to stay. You must book ahead or organise something with the company if you are coming to town.
Nhulunbuy has a population approximately 3800 permanent residents.
The population of the town is variable due to the number of people who fly in and out for work related to the Rio Tinto Alcan alumina refinery.
The dry season (May to October) brings cool nights and fine dry days, the wet season is humid and hot with frequent showers and storms.
Education and Health
Nhulunbuy has a fantastic education network able to support all students from early childhood through to further education. Many students however choose to move to a major city when studying at a tertiary level.
The backbone of the health support in Nhulunbuy is the Gove District Hospital, with emergency air services available to the Royal Darwin Hospital. Supporting the hospital there are other practitioners in town and visiting.
Regional air services are available from
Freight by barge from Darwin to Nhulunbuy by Perkins.
Road link to Darwin by the Bulman Track (700km gravel) then the Stuart Highway. Suitable only for four wheel drive vehicles and only during the dry season.
Television stations are ABC, Seven Central, SBS, Imparja. ABC radio and local FM community station. The Arafura Times is published weekly, the NT News and interstate papers are also available.
AusStar television is available, however as a remote area you cannot access the special deals that they offer from time to time. In all company single accommodation a selection of channels are available for free including Movie One, Fox 8, Discovery and TV1.
The Gove Guide will help you find what Nhulunbuy has to offer.
There are many beaches, rivers forests and cliffs in short driving distance from Nhulunbuy, some of the more popular ones being Little Bondi beach, Latram river, Cape Arnhem and the Giddy river. Before heading out to these locations is is best to get the latest information about the place from locals. You can find many of these places listed in the Gove Guide under Nature.
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