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Weekdays & Weekends

8:00 AM  -  

  • No Image Reception
  • No Image Shower
  • No Image Toilets

Good for 2 adults, 2 children.

East Arnhem Region is a beautiful location with rugged coastlines and white sandy beaches. Aside from the beauty it offers, it is also the home to one of Australia’s traditional Aboriginal cultures. Learn from the locals as you take yourself on a Yolŋu cultural tour!

Amass the knowledge about to be shared by the women of Arnhem Land. They are ready to open their hearts to visitors and share information that have been passed down for thousands of years. Learn insights about the bush, the ancestors, the sky, and the universe! This tour is only available for women and young girls.

The dilly bag was first created thousands of years ago and is a powerful and important cultural symbol in Arnhem Land. This bag is woven with dyed pandanus leaves and holds both practical (used to hold foods and medicines gathered from the bush) and spiritual (used to carry knowledge) meaning. The dilly bag’s spiritual meaning gave inspiration behind the name of this tour.

The time spent with Yolŋu women is said to be life-changing. In this tour you will experience extraordinary things and reconnect with every aspect of your life—may it be with the environment, spirituality, and philosophy. With the days spent on this tour, you will learn about Yolŋu philosophy and kinship, weaving, painting, astrology, healing ceremony, crying ceremony (Nathi), cooking and bush medicine, dancing, gathering oysters or mud crabs and so much more. The activities will depend on the season and availability of materials. At the end of your tour, you will visit remarkable places such as the art centre in Yirrkala - Buku Larngguy where you can witness works of art on barks. You’ll also see Larrakitj (ceremonial poles), weavings, jewellery and much more. Be impressed with Buku’s extraordinary collection of historical materials as it is regarded as one of the best Aboriginal art centres in Australia. 

The tour spans for 5 days and four nights. The tour may include a charter flight, a welcome by the traditional land owners and a return flight to Nyulunbuy depending on the Homeland visited. You will spend three nights at a Yolŋu Homeland with a simple indoor or outdoor accommodation. On your fourth night, you will be accommodated in a motel in Nhulunbuy. Accommodation is on a twin share basis. Minimum group size is 6 and the maximum group size is 18, smaller or larger groups can be catered for on request.

The tour price is $2,399 per person twin share subject to a minimum of 8 participants. Single supplement is $125 per person.

Please note: Gay’Wu - The Dilly Bag Tour for Women overnight tours have set dates throughout the season starting on April 2020 up to October 2020. The dates are as follows:

08-12 April 2020, 02-06 May 2020, 27-31 May 2020, 20-24 June 2020, 05-09 July 2020, 12-16 August 2020, 09-13 September 2020 and 08-12 October 2020

 

You can book this tour easily with In2Culture. Simply click the ‘Book Now’ button, enter your desired date and number of people. Create your free In2Culture user account (recommended) or proceed as Guest to enter your credit card into our secure system with your booking. When the supplier confirms the booking, your credit card will be processed and you will receive a booking confirmation by email. If the supplier declines your booking you will not be charged and you will receive an email declining the booking.

Yirrkala, NT 0880, Australia

This tour is for women and girls only.

Note: There are a number of Yolngu homelands which welcome our groups so we do not guarantee a specific homeland for our tours. Itineraries may also change depending on weather conditions and cultural matters.

Disclaimer: These tours are subject to weather and transport schedules.

Nhulunbuy is approximately 1,050 km from Darwin and 3,018 km from Cairns. 

By Self-drive

From Darwin, you can reach your destination via National Hwy 1 and State Route 24. From Cairns, it is accessible via State Route 24.

If you plan to hire a campervan. Check out Campervan Hire Darwin and Campervan Hire Cairns.

By Air

Air access to Nhulunbuy is regular via Darwin and Cairns Airports by Airnorth jet flights. The average flight time from Cairns to Gove takes 1 hour and 55 minutes whilst Darwin to Gove takes 1 hour and 24 minutes. 

By Sea

It is now possible to travel from Darwin to Nhulunbuy aboard a cargo ship, Sea Swift. It operates cargo ships that supply many coastal communities of the Northern Territory and take passengers. The journey takes several days and stops in at communities along the way. Contact Sea Swift to confirm availability.