Like most bushland in Australia, Gulkula has a healthy population of venomous snakes. If you see a snake, don’t panic, do not touch it or attempt to move it yourself. Please notify a Garma crew member immediately so we can have the ranger safely remove it away from the site.
Wear insect repellents and cover-up at dusk and dawn to avoid mosquitoes. You may wish to bring a mosquito net as individuals’ reactions to bites vary.
Crocodiles (baru) inhabit the waters of Arnhem Land. They are not a threat at the Gulkula site which is atop an escarpment 100 metres above sea level. However, we do advise that caution should always be considered if venturing near water.
Sea wasps (box jellyfish) and other stingers exist in the ocean. It is highly recommended that you only enter the sea under the company and supervision of local guides. Note that there is a public swimming pool in Nhulunbuy where you will not have to worry about baru (crocodile), jellyfish or stingers.
There is also a local population of wild buffalo. If seen, do not approach under any circumstances. Buffalo is known for their short tempers and is not appreciative of being interrupted. If you see a buffalo, retreat quietly. Please let Garma crew members know immediately if you spot a buffalo so that a qualified ranger can assist the buffalo in finding a safer place for it to go about its’ daily business.