The Culture College Base Camp is located in the town centre of Nhulunbuy, a Rio Tinto town which also serves as the community hub for the entire East Arnhem Land Region.
Arnhem Land covers an area of 100,000 square kilometres (similar in size to Tasmania) and being Aboriginal Land, requires permits to enter. Located in the remote North East section of the Northern Territory, east of Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land has shown resilience against an increasingly urbanised world, maintaining vibrant intact Aboriginal languages and culture. It is one of the most unique and untraveled places on Earth, and therefore culturally preserved.
Arnhem Land is renowned for its natural beauty, diverse flora and fauna and unique landscapes. Nhulunbuy is the administrative centre of the region and is serviced by daily flights from Darwin and Cairns by Airnorth.
Nhulunbuy has a strong history, shaped by pearl diving and the creation of the bauxite mine and deep water port by Rio Tinto in 1963. It also played an important defence role in World War II. There are many historical sites of interest for students to visit. In particular, there is a War Memorial dedicated to Yolŋu men who defended against Japanese attack at Yirrkala, south of the town centre.
There is also Drimmie Head where Catalina squadrons landed in the bay and taxied onto land and remnants of the ELDO (European Launch Development Organisation) Program Satellite Down-Range Tracking Station.