Lirrwi Tourism Announces East Arnhem Land Tours for 2018

Leading Indigenous tourism operator Lirrwi Tourism has released its calendar of touring itineraries of the East Arnhem Land Yolngu Homelands for the 2018 season.

Developed by Yolngu traditional owners with multiple family generations participating, these immersive tours provide an economic base for Yolngu to remain on country and maintain their culture, while offering visitors an incredible cultural adventure and the chance to experience the Yolngu way of life.

Multi-day itineraries on offer include a Crossing Country Tour, a Women’s Tour and a Photography Tour and are a rare and often life-changing chance for visitors to take time out from western routines and ‘go with the flow’ in Australia’s Indigenous heartland.

A genuine adventure in culture, the five-day Crossing Country Tour visits remote Yolngu communities across East Arnhem Land with overnight stays at beautiful Bawaka Homeland.

The 2018 departure dates are:

  • April 9-13
  • May 11-15
  • June 11-15
  • August 20-24
  • October 10-14.

Rates on the Crossing Country tour are $2399* per person twin share and include accommodation, meals, transfers and touring.

Lirrwi Tourism’s Women’s Tour is named Gay’Wu, meaning ‘dilly bag’ for its importance as a cultural symbol, both for its practicality in carrying bush foods and medicines, and for its spiritual significance: for carrying knowledge. On this five-day tour, participants connect with Yolngu women and learn about traditions and links to the earth.

Departure dates for 2018 are:

  • April 23-27
  • May 20-24
  • June 20-24
  • August 6-10
  • October 19-23.

Rates on the Women’s Tour are $2399* per person twin share and include accommodation, meals, transfers and tours.

A dedicated Photography Tour will also run over seven nights July 24-31, 2018. Limited to just nine participants, the tour includes a visit to the incredible Banubanu Wilderness Retreat on Bremer Island by boat, three-night stays at two Yolngu homelands and a visit to the renowned Buku Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre at Yirrkala community.

Rates for this tour are $5,750* per person twin share and include accommodation, meals, transfers and experienced Photography Guide.

Itineraries welcome visitors to Yolngu family communities and are designed to be flexible to work with the flow of the natural environment, the climate and the community.

Any number of activities are included, from a ‘Welcome to Country’ and learning about Yolngu kinship, lore and language, weaving to traditional spear fishing, gathering of bush foods and medicine, dance (Bunggul), storytelling or learning how the Yidaki (didgeridoo) is made and played.

Unplanned events are always a possibility and make Lirrwi’s tours so special; perhaps a stopover at the beach to spear a fish or to catch mud crabs, and the chance to take part in traditional Indigenous methods of cooking and eating them.

For bookings and more information visit ww.lirrwitourism.com.au or call +61 8 8987 2828

*Subject to availability, conditions apply


Editor | Kate Webster

About Editor | Kate Webster

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