“Riyala” was established in the early 1980’s as a camping facility to serve Darwin and the rural area. It is located approximately 45 km from Darwin on 20 acres of land, fronting the Elizabeth River in the vicinity of Noonamah. It is on a secluded natural bush bock on a private road.
“Riyala” means “clean running water” in Djambarrpuyngu, (one of the local Indigenous languages of North East Arnhem Land). The founders of Riyala, Clem and Joyce Gullick and Ian Morris had all worked on Elcho Island in North East Arnhem land before coming together to establish Riyala as a facility that would be available for all to find rest and recreation in the peaceful surrounds.
Riyala, a member of Christian Venues Association has strong links with local church groups but does not operate exclusively for Christian organisations. The facilities continue to be used by a wide group of people – local and interstate schools, scout groups, drama groups as well as for church camps and retreats.
More details on the available facilities can be found on the Camp Facilities page.
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