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East Arnhem Land Womens Only Tour - 5 Days

East Arnhem Land, NT - Show on map
Lirrwi Tourism

Highlights

  • Women and girls-only Aboriginal cultural tour in East Arnhem Land
  • Take part in cultural activities specific to Yolngu women
  • Three nights' accommodation with a Yolngu community

Gain a deeper connection with the Yolngu women in East Arnhem Land on this five day women and girls-only tour. Take part in cultural activities specific to Yolngu women like weaving, painting, astrology and much more, and visit the extraordinary art centre in Yirrkala, Buku-Larrnggay.

What's Included?

  • Three nights' accommodation with a Yolngu community
  • One nights' accommodation in Nhulunbuy
  • Airport transfers and ground touring
  • Tour leader/driver and Yolngu guide
  • Cultural experiences/activities with Yolngu women
  • Camping equipment, bedding, linen, towels
  • Homeland access fees, Aboriginal Recreation Area permits
  • All meals whilst on tour

In Yolngu, the land is considered their mother as it nurtures, heals and guides their lives. This is why the female experience and connection to the Yolngu women is often so profound and life-changing. Gain a deeper connection to the Yolngu sisterhood and learn about their culture, history and country on this five-day women and girls-only tour. Over the tour, you will take part in a variety of cultural activities specific to Yolngu women. These can include weaving, painting, astrology, healing ceremony, dancing and gathering oysters or mud crabs, cooking and bush medicine. You'll also visit the renowned art centre in Yirrkala, Buku-Larrnggay that houses local works of art painted on bark, Larrakitj (ceremonial poles), woven baskets, jewellery and more. IMPORTANT: There will be Yol?u men present at the homeland that you visit. This is their home; it is where they live. However, most of the activities undertaken will be led by the Yol?u women.

Session Length

  • This experience is five days in duration
  • Operates on specific dates between April and October each year

Restrictions

This tour is for women and girls only.

Guidelines

  • Please advise any dietary requirements or medical conditions at the time of booking
  • For 2022 tours, all adult customers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to travel. You must have completed all doses of your vaccine and allowed enough time to be fully inoculated
  • You will also need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, prior to joining a tour. To protect the vulnerable Yolngu communities, this is a requirement even if you have been fully vaccinated
  • You will be required to show proof of your vaccination status, and your negative COVID-19 test result to the tour leader on the first day of your tour

Cancellation

Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and are arranged with them directly according to this policy:

  • Cancellations within 30-8 days prior to the booking will incur a 50% cancellation fee
  • Cancellations within seven days of the booking will incur a 100% cancellation fee

Numbers on the Day

Minimum of 6 and a maximum of 14 participants.

Weather

Activities undertaken during the tour may vary due to weather conditions and seasons.

Dress Code

Yolngu women dress conservatively and we ask that you do the same. Long skirts, long shorts or pants/trousers are suitable, as are t-shirts and knee length shorts. Please do not wear bikinis, mini-skirts or shorts that show butt-cheeks. Wear cool, comfortable clothing that will protect you from the sun and insects. A good pair of walking shoes is recommended, and possibly a pair that you don't mind getting wet as there may be times that you will walk through water, or along rocky outcrops along the waters edge. A sweatshirt or a long-sleeved windbreaker for cooler nights and mornings is recommended. Please try to keep your luggage to maximum of 10kg preferably in a soft suitcase of aircraft hand luggage size.

Other Info

Accommodation is simple, and shared, as are the bathrooms. You will be sharing a room, or a tent with other tour participants whilst you are staying in the homeland. You can however pay a little extra to have a single room for the last night of the itinerary which is spent in Nhulunbuy. The tour itinerary is not set in stone. The aim of the tour is to participate in the unstructured and less regimented Yol?u daily life. Each Yolngu homeland offers a slightly different experience, and each time we visit we may be hosted by different family members. Your Yolngu hosts will lead each day's activities, and activities will vary depending on the season and availability of materials.

This experience takes place in East Arnhem Land, NT.

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