Located in the remote aboriginal-owned Northeast Arnhem Land, Cape Arnhem is one of the last great unspoiled areas of the world. Known for its aboriginal culture, flora and fauna, coasts, wetlands and the notorious saltwater crocodile, Cape Arnhem faces a large threat from marine debris pollution due to its wild coastlines and waters teeming with plenty of marine life.
The area is also home to the Yolngu people, one of the largest indigenous groups in Australia. They are known for their very traditional culture, and the area can be considered a key spiritual area for the group, with over 50 sacred sites in the vicinity.
Once a year in September, the marine conservation tour departs for its debris surveys at Wanuwuy beach in the Gove Peninsula. Enjoy spectacular views and the various interpretative walks through beaches and wetlands while working alongside aboriginal rangers from the Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation to collect, sort and catalogue the washed-up debris. This data will later be used to pinpoint sources of pollution and guide future policies to help reduce pollution.
The 8-day trip will encompass several days of camping during the drive to and from Cape Arnhem – be prepared to sleep under the stars! A moderate fitness level is recommended as you can expect spending hours walking and being exposed to the elements as you carry out conservation work. For more trips like this, check out Naturewise, a non-profit tour operator owned by Conservation Volunteers Australia.
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