Price

$6176 AUD per person

No single supplement is available on this tour

Inclusions

  • Return Airport transfers
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Transportation
  • Activities as per the itinrary
  • Homeland Fees
  • Yolngu Escort and guides

Exclusions

  • International & domestic flights
  • Visas
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • All services, meals other than those indicated above
  • Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.
  • All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc.

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Following the Songlines

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Venture deep into Australia's backyard and into one of the countries greatest untouched wilderness areas as you disregard traditional maps, follow ancient songlines and learn to live with the land and delve into Yolngu land. Spearfish with locals for mud crabs, gather bush medicine and foods as you are educated on Yolngu kinship, traditional lore and language. Embrace the Homeland lifestyle - unchanged for over 40,000 years. Your mind will boggle as you learn that each homeland has its own creation story, personality and landscape. To be immersed in the most culturally intact Aboriginal nation in Australia is such a rare privilege. So exclusive that only a select few will be issued permits to enter these homelands in East Arnhem Land. Your experience supports the time frozen community with economic development, employment opportunities and increasing skill levels, independence and breaking down cultural barriers. Learn to take only what you need to from the land. Your experience will move you beyond words.

Day 1 - Arrival

Welcome to East Arnhem Land! You will begin your adventures by flying into Gove via Darwin or Cairns (airfares not included). Upon arrival, you will be greeted and welcomed by your local accredited guide and transferred to Nhulunbuy to begin your journey. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to stop at Roy Marika Lookout, located at the summit of Nhulun which is the hill from which the town takes its name. Roy Marika Lookout presents you with panoramic views of Gove Harbour, the lagoon wetlands, birdlife, extensive coastline and the town centre – a great introduction to your East Arnhem Land experience. Absorb the interpretative signage at the lookout which provides a brief history of the region, including the story of the creation ancestor that once walked-about through this land and how the Yolgnu now manage their sea and land after extensive struggles to receive land rights.

Upon arrival at your lodge, check in and relax before enjoying a welcome dinner at the Walkabout Lodge restaurant which will be a great opportunity to meet your fellow travellers. (D)

Overnight at Walkabout Lodge or similar

Day 2 - Nhulunbuy - Bawaka Homeland

After a buffet breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up and transferred to Bawaka Homeland. Along the way you will visit the world famous Buku Larrnggay Mulka, located in the Yirrkala community, which is one of the oldest and most respected Aboriginal Art centres in Australia. Enjoy a guided interpretation of the historical Aboriginal Land Rights Bark Petitions and Church panels. There is also the opportunity to purchase some local works unique to this particular region for those who are keen to take home some keepsakes.

Enjoy a picnic lunch at Shady Beach and then continue your travels to Bawaka Homeland. On arrival, you will receive a traditional welcome to country which will set the tone for the next few days. Your hosts, the Burarrwanga family, will provide you with a general orientation of the Homeland. You are now one of them. Embrace your experience being part of this incredible family. Later this afternoon, one of the family members will host a Yolgnu cultural class with the group, sharing and telling the story of their Homeland, a deeply moving part of your time here. The sky this evening will be unlike anything you have ever seen. A true blanket of stars, more vivid than anywhere else you may have been (B,L,D)

Overnight at Bawaka Homeland in basic shared accommodation

Day 3 - Cultural Awareness Program

After a fresh locally produced breakfast, you will have the rare opportunity to explore Bawaka Homeland and participate in a cultural awareness program, teaching you about the Yolgnu’s traditional way of life. Women are given the opportunity to participate in activities such as weaving, painting, cooking and crafts, whilst men may partake in fishing, hunting and didgeridoo making. Throughout the day you will learn about Yolngu culture and kinship, basic Yolgnu language skills including sign language, Yolngu law, sign language and much more. (B,L,D)

Overnight at Bawaka Homeland in basic shared accommodation

Day 4 - Beach hike

After breakfast, your cultural awareness program continues as you gain a much deeper and thorough understanding of this incredibly rich culture and learn of the unique traditions. Enjoy a fresh lunch provided by your host family.

In the afternoon, enjoy a hike to Lonely Beach. There will be no other tourists in sight and it will be you and the land. From Bawaka, set off to Bawaka Lookout which spoils you with spectacular views over Port Bradshaw and the sacred Yalangbara Beach before reaching Lonely Beach. This secluded location will truly make you stop and pause. Such a tranquil paradise hidden from the world. Cool off and swim in the sapphire waters. Make the most of your time here relaxing and absorbing the tranquil beauty of Lonely Beach before returning to your Homeland for dinner and dream-time stories under the star lit sky. (B,L,D)

Overnight at Bawaka Homeland in basic shared accommodation

Day 5 - Bawaka Homeland

Awake early to take in the glowing Bawaka sunrise followed by breakfast to fuel you for the day. Spend your final morning with your host family by using your newly acquired skills to assist in their daily activities before sharing a fond farewell. Transfer to Nhulunbuy for your final night with the group. The afternoon is yours to reflect upon the incredible journey you have just experienced. Regroup this evening for your farewell dinner at Walkabout Lodge restaurant. (B,L,D)

Overnight at Walkabout Lodge or similar

Day 6 - Departure

Today your journey comes to an end. Spend the morning enjoying breakfast at your hotel before being transferred to the airport to meet your onward flight. (B)