East Arnhem Land Adventure

East Arnhem Land Adventure

Start: Gove Finish: Gove

Visiting: Gove Peninsula, Nhulunbuy, Yirrkala, Bawaka Homeland, Bremer Island


Duration: 5 Nights

Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Tour code: PLSA

Tour operator: Intrepid Travel

Group size: 6 - 12

Age range: 15-99 years

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

In the farthest reaches of remote Northern Australia lies East Arnhem Land. This vast and rugged wilderness is where the Yolngu people have lived for millennia. Today you’ll still find clans fishing, sailing and enjoying the homeland of their ancestors. Discover this beautiful stretch of traditional land in the Bawaka Homeland, and learn how to hunt and gather, paint, weave, and hear stories of the area and history of the region, all under the guidance of Yolngu leaders. Then depart the mainland for nearby Dhambaliya (Bremer Island) and feel like castaways marooned on this spectacular oasis, devoid of human development and interference. Don’t pass up this unique opportunity to witness the close cultural connection between the land and The First Peoples of Australia, the oldest civilization on Earth.

Highlights

  • iconJoin us for a privileged adventure to East Arnhem Land. Be welcomed to Country by the Yolngu people and learn about their traditional methods of living, from hunting and gathering, to painting and weaving.
  • iconTravel to remote Dhambaliya (Bremer Island) and enjoy time to relax and soak up the remoteness of this beautiful oasis.
  • iconSit around the campfire with East Arnhem Land’s traditional owners and listen to the stories and songs of their people.
  • iconLearn about gender roles and responsibilities, kinship and moiety, stories about the area and the history of the region.
  • iconVisit the Yirrkala community and its world-famous art gallery featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork.

Places You'll See

East Arnhem Land Adventure
East Arnhem Land Adventure
Nhulunbuy
Bawaka Homeland
Bawaka Homeland
Bremer Island

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Gove/Nhulunbuy

Location: Gove Peninsula, Nhulunbuy

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Welcome to your East Arnhem Land adventure. After you land at Gove airport, you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your accommodation in the town of Nhulunbuy. Take some time to relax before a Welcome Meeting at 6:30 pm this evening, where you’ll meet your fellow travellers and your guide will provide an overview of the upcoming days. The rest of the evening is free – maybe get your new friends together for a first group dinner in the hotel, or in one of the restaurants here in Nhulunbuy.

Included Activities:
-Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer

icon Day 2 : Yirrkala - Bawaka Homeland

Location: Yirrkala, Bawaka Homeland

Accommodation: Shared Bunkhouse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast this morning head for the community of Yirrkala for a visit to its world-famous art gallery. The Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre presents artworks created by men and women of the many Aboriginal groups in the area, with paintings, sculptures, wood crafts, and cross-hatching techniques on display. You can also see bark petitions which symbolise the beginning of the Indigenous Lands Rights movement. There is also an opportunity to learn about how this establishment serves as a learning centre for the local children of the surrounding communities, and only if you wish, to purchase unique artwork from the gallery. Afterwards enjoy a packed lunch, then head south to the eastern edge of East Arnhem Land and Bawaka Homeland, which looks out into the Gulf of Carpentaria. You’ll be greeted with a traditional smoking ceremony Welcome to Country and general orientation to the homeland. A family elder will lead a Yolngu cultural class, sharing and telling the story of the homeland. Over the next two days, enjoy cultural activities with the Bawaka traditional owners. These could include making spears and Yidaki (Didgeridoos) for men, collecting materials and dyes for weaving, or creating necklaces and other jewellery from locally gathered shells and seeds. There will also be an opportunity to witness the hunting and gathering methods that have fed the Yolngu for generations, and to try some of the food that has been caught or collected, like mud crabs or bush honey. You might also learn about bush medicine, the Yolngu kinship system and language, and how the Yolngu people lived on their traditional lands. At the end of each day, sit with the traditional owners around the fire and make the most of this unique opportunity to learn about their culture, to hear the songs, music and stories of the land.

Included Activities:
-Bawaka Homeland - Welcome to Country traditional smoking ceremony
-Bawaka Homeland - Lonely Beach
-Yirrkala - Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre
-Bawaka Homeland - Yolngu cultural class
-Bawaka Homeland - Yolngu cultural activities

icon Day 4 : Bawaka Homeland - Nhulunbuy

Location: Bawaka Homeland, Nhulunbuy

Accommodation: Shared Beach Bungalow

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Make the most of your last morning here in Bawaka with any cultural activities you haven’t had the chance to participate in yet. Then it’s time to say farewell to your Yolngu hosts and make your way to the Nhulunbuy jetty. From here you’ll jump in a speedboat for the trip across to Dhambaliya (Bremer Island) (approximately 1 hour). You’ll be staying in an eco-sensitive beach retreat built in partnership with the Yolgnu people at the northern tip of the island. This is glamping right next to world-class beaches in rooms that overlook the sand, with decks from which to watch the sun disappear behind the ocean and a pool overlooking the Arafura Sea. The day is free for a number of activities or simply relaxing. Perhaps set out on one of the many walking trails through the dunes and along untouched beaches, or you may even have the privilege of seeing turtles nesting if the time of year is right. Of the six species in the world, four of these lay their eggs right here. If this is sounding too active to you, then just sit back, relax, and experience the remote solitude and a chance to recharge.

Included Activities:
-Bawaka Homeland - Yolngu cultural activities

icon Day 5 : Dhambaliya (Bremer Island)

Location: Bremer Island

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at this calm waterside retreat before catching a boat back to the mainland. Check back into your accommodation in Nhulunbuy and enjoy dinner together with the group. Then it’s time to meet up with your guides again and share stories of your stay at Bawaka.

Included Activities:
-Dhambaliya (Bremer Island) - Cultural activities

icon Day 6 : Nhulunbuy/Gove

Location: Nhulunbuy, Gove Peninsula

Meals: Breakfast

After a final breakfast at your lodge, your adventure comes to an end. Transfer to Gove airport for your farewell to East Arnhem Land and your outbound flight.

Included Activities:
-Complimentary Airport Departure Transfer

What's Included

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    Complimentary Airport Departure Transfer

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    Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer

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    Yirrkala - Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre

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    Yirrkala - Lovely Beach

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    Bawaka Homeland - Welcome to Country traditional smoking ceremony

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    Bawaka Homeland - Yolngu cultural class

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    Bawaka Homeland - Yolngu cultural activities

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    Dhambaliya (Bremer Island) - Cultural activities

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    Meals

    5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

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    Accommodation

    Hotel (2 nights), Bunkhouse (2 nights), Beach Bungalow (1 night)

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    Bawaka Homeland - Lonely Beach

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    Transport

    Private vehicle, Speedboat

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    International Travel

Transport

  • Private vehicle , Speedboat

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Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

Yes

Are all entrance fees included in the price?

No

Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

No

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

No

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

    Are flights included in this tour?

    No

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

    What are the Flexible booking conditions in place for Covid-19?

    Lock your trip in with a deposit, then you just need to pay in full by 21 days prior to departure. If you cancel your trip up to 21 days before departure, you can transfer your deposit to another available trip or hold your deposit on file indefinitely (excluding Polar). We are an accredited member of ATOL, AFTA, ABTA, TICO, USTOA and the US Travel Association, so your booking is protected.

    What are the Safety Policies in place for Covid-19?

    We have reviewed all our health and safety policies and are implementing new minimum standards that emphasise increased hygiene and sanitation. These are in line with recommendations from the World Health Organisation and following the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols for tour operators, for which we have received a 'Safe Travels Stamp'

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    For almost all of our trips, we offer a single supplement option for those solo travellers who wish to have their own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room.

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