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Stop the Jabiluka Uranium Mine

Didjeridu & Traditional Music of the Top End
The content of this page was originally created by Peter Lister

The area in question.....

The Top End is the northern region of Australia - usually of the Northern Territory, but often also the northeastern portion of Western Australia and encompasses the many islands off the northern coastline including Groote Eylandt, Bathurst and Melville Islands and archipelagos like the Wessel Islands.

The Top End of the Northern Territory is generally regarded as the northern portion of the Northern Territory lying between the WA border (Joseph Bonaparte Gulf) and the Qld border (Gulf of Carpentaria) as shown in Map 2., or more precisely, north of about 170 S Latitude and between 1290 E and 1380 E Longitude. This also means it's well north of the Tropic of Capricorn, so it's a tropical monsoonal environment with distinct Wet and Dry seasons.

Arnhem Land is an area within the Top End, which prior to the establishment of the Arnhem Land Aboriginal Reserve in 1931 equated with what is now generally known as the Top End (from the Daly River east to the Roper River). Arnhem Land then is that area stretching east of Kakadu (the Arnhem Land Plateau) as far as the Gulf of Carpentaria, some 150 000 km2. This entire region is private Aboriginal Land and as such, permits are required by the Northern Land Council to enter the region.

Map 2. Location map showing the Arnhem Land Aboriginal Land Trust (areas W, C & E) and the Beswick Aboriginal Land Trust (area B) including key townships and communities. Abbreviations are used for visual clarity.

Location map showing the Arnhem Land Aboriginal Land Trust Western Arnhem Land Central Arnhem Land Groote Eylandt Eastern and northeastern Arnhem Land Run your cursor over the map - wherever the cursor appears as a hand you may click for more detailed information, or simply click the links below.


B-Beswick Land Trust
C-central Arnhem Land
E-eastern and northeastern Arnhem Land
G-Groote Eylandt
W-western Arnhem Land

Ba - Barunga Gu - Kunbarllanjnja Ng - Ngukurr
Be - Wugularr J - Jabiru Nh - Nhulunbuy
Bo - Borroloola K - Katherine Nu - Numbulwar
D - Darwin Ku - Kununurra PK - Wadeye
EV - Manyallaluk LE - Gapuwiyak R - Ramingining
Ga - Galiwinku M - Maningrida W - Wyndham
Go - Goomadeer Mi - Milingimbi Y - Yirrkala

Place name changes

Many Aboriginal settlements in the Top End have had name changes in the last twenty years. Obviously this is not a comprehensive list, but maybe useful for those interested and/or unable to find some names on current maps:
Old Name New Name
Rose River Numbulwar
Roper River Ngukurr
Delissaville Belyuen
Bamyili  Barunga
Beswick (Ck) Wugularr
Oenpelli Gunbalanya, Kunbarllanjnja
Eva Valley Manyallaluk
Lake Evella Gapuwiyak





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