The community is Aboriginal land but no permit is required to visit the Art Centre from the nearby mining town of Nhulunbuy or the local Gove Airport (which has two daily flights on the Darwin-Cairns run by QANTAS as well as Air North from Darwin and Groote Eylandt).
Permission from the Northern Land Council (08 8920 5100) is required to drive here from Darwin or Katherine (approximately ten hours). The road is impassable in the Wet Season (from Dec-May). Yirrkala is a dry area where alcohol is forbidden without a permit.
There are two hotels in the vicinity, the Walkabout Lodge and the Gove Peninsula Motel, and several hire car firms including Manny’s Car Rentals (08) 89872300, Gove Rentals (08 8987 1700) and Nhulunbuy Ute Hire (08 89872872). Camping is available in designated areas administered by Dhimurru Land Management (08) 8987 3992).