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Elcho Island is an island off the coast of Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia. It is located at the southern end of the Wessel Islands group located in the East Arnhem Region. The island's largest community is the settlement of Galiwin'ku. Elcho Island is a short distance away from the mainland and Howard Island.

The island is home to the largest Aboriginal community in northeast Arnhem Land. There are a large number of tribal groups, with up to 22 different dialects being used in the community. The people of Galiwin’ku retain their tradition and culture for future generations by strict traditional methods. Total alcohol restrictions apply and there is no gasoline available on the island; all gasoline-powered vehicles use the low-aromatic petrol "Opal" as a fuel substitute.


Things to see and do

* Elcho Island Arts Centre
* Aboriginal arts and crafts

General Information

Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Australian Dollar (AUD)
Language – English
Population – 2,200 approx
Land Area – 330 km²
Time – GMT plus ten hours
Electricity - 2 angled pins and 1 flat pin centered below Australian style
International Country Telephone Code – 61

Port Location – Cruise ships dock at Fort Hill Wharf, approximately 2km from downtown Darwin.

Transport Links – Elcho Island is serviced by Airnorth which offers flights from Darwin.