Exciting new opportunities for South East Arnhem Land
Charter North has recently formed a partnership with the Yugul Mangi Development Aboriginal Corporation (YMDAC), the Numbulwar Homelands Council Association (NHCA) and the Tradtional Owner groups of the South East Arnhem Land Indigenous Protected Areas (SEAL – IPA) to further develop and to market the new SEAL 4WD Adventure track.
Discussions about the South East Arnhem Land 4WD Adventure Track had their beginnings over five years ago. The concept came directly from the Traditional Owners (TOs) from within the South East Arnhem Land IPA (SEAL IPA) who saw a need to generate employment opportunities and to develop a legacy for the future of their people. Opening up “country” and establishing campgrounds in and along an existing track in the SEAL IPA was seen as a way forward. This would allow for tourism to be introduced into the relatively un-visited South East Arnhem region, creating unique country and culture based tourism experiences, and provide a solid platform for future regional development.
With Greig Taylors background in Cultural Tourism, and former position with the Northern land Council (NLC) as the Indigenous Tourism Development Officer, we were able to put forward a proposal to assist with the project and are now proud to announce our engagement. Charter North is extremely excited and elated to be chosen for this engagement, and looking forward to creating and co-ordinating many unique experiences for visitors to the SEAL in 2016. Between now and the 2016 tour season we will be overseeing the completion of campground infrastructure, track maintainence, and working closely with the Traditional Owners in developing cultural product along the track. It is anticipated the journey along the SEAL 4WD Adventure Track will span approximately 5-10 days (depending on available resources) taking in some of the most spectacular coastal, floodplain, and sandstone environments our country has to offer.
The SEAL 4WD Adventure Track will attract self drivers who hold a sense of adventure, value for culture and nature based activities, and in particular long for Indigenous engagement and remote experiences. Charter North will also be heavily involved in marketing the SEAL Track both domestically and Internationally, while connecting Australian based Tag Along and Guided Tour Operators with opportunities to grow their businesses by adding this unique experience to their inventory.
Indeed 2016 is shaping up to be a very exciting time for Top End based Cultural Tourism, the Traditional Owners of SEAL, and Charter North as we continue to operate our normal tour programs through the Kimberley and Kakadu. So to recall an old tourism expression; “Tourism never sleeps”
Cheers from Greig and Alina, the team at Charter North.