Ports

Wessel Islands - NT - Australia

The Wessel Islands are a chain of small islands in the Arafura Sea 75 miles (120 km) off the northeast of the Northern Territory on the western side of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Rocky and windswept, the islands extend in a line from Napier Peninsula, with Elcho Island in the south and Marchinbar IslandMarchinbar Island in the north. They were named after a Dutch ship that explored the area in 1636 and are part of the Arnhem Land Aboriginal Reserve. There are several cave art sites on the islands, some with "contact art", evidence of the visits by Macassan traders over the centuries. The waters here are clean and clear but be cautious because this is no place to swim – crocodiles sunbake on the sand.