Crossing Country 5 Day Yolngu Homeland Tour

Nhulunbuy Trip Overview

Visit a Yolŋu Homeland and become part of a small family community and spend time with the Yolŋu people, living and working on their traditional homelands.

Feel like part of the family, take part in daily activities and make lasting friendships. Your stay will begin with a  welcome to country, or smoking ceremony. You will learn about Yolŋu kinship, traditional lore and language, both spoken and sign. Throughout your visit you will participate in a range of activities which may include traditional spear fishing, gathering of bush foods and medicine, weaving, jewellery making, dance (Bunggul), storytelling or learning how the Yidaki (didjeridu) is made and played. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Protecting the vulnerable communities on the Yolngu homelands is our priority, and to ensure that they are not unnecessarily put at risk by COVID-19, we have decided that all non-essential travel to Aboriginal communities should be avoided until further notice.

Additional Info

Duration: 5 days
Starts: Nhulunbuy, Australia
Trip Category: Multi-day & Extended Tours >> Multi-day Tours



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Visit a Yolŋu Homeland and become part of a small family community and spend time with the Yolŋu people, living and working on their traditional homelands.

Feel like part of the family, take part in daily activities and make lasting friendships. Your stay will begin with a  welcome to country, or smoking ceremony. You will learn about Yolŋu kinship, traditional lore and language, both spoken and sign. Throughout your visit you will participate in a range of activities which may include traditional spear fishing, gathering of bush foods and medicine, weaving, jewellery making, dance (Bunggul), storytelling or learning how the Yidaki (didjeridu) is made and played. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Protecting the vulnerable communities on the Yolngu homelands is our priority, and to ensure that they are not unnecessarily put at risk by COVID-19, we have decided that all non-essential travel to Aboriginal communities should be avoided until further notice.

Itinerary

Day 1: Meet Yolngu guide and transfer to Yolngu Homeland. (Itinerary subjec to to change due to weather or cultural reasons))

Stop At: Arnhem Land, North-eastern corner of the Northern Territory Melville Bay Road, Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory 0880 Australia
Arrive Yolŋu Homeland where you will receive a traditional welcome to country and general orientation.

This afternoon your hosts will deliver a Yolgnu cultural class sharing and telling the story of the homeland.

Dinner & fireside chat.

If you are arriving Darwin and your flight arrives prior to 9.30am we will arrange to pick you up from the airport. If after this time you will need to arrive the day prior. Accommodation will be at your own expense.

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at a Yolngu Homeland. hard structure or tent accommodation depending on the homeland.

Day 2: Cultural activities with your Yolngu hosts.

Stop At: Arnhem Land, North-eastern corner of the Northern Territory Melville Bay Road, Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory 0880 Australia
Cultural awareness talk commences – some areas covered may include:
• Yolŋu culture and kinship 
• Basic Yolŋu Matha language 
• Yolŋu law 
• Avoidance relationships 
• Yolŋu sign language 
• Activities such as spear fishing for men and weaving for women.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at a Yolngu Homeland. hard structure or tent accommodation depending on the homeland.

Day 3: Cultural activities with your Yolngu hosts.

Stop At: Arnhem Land, North-eastern corner of the Northern Territory Melville Bay Road, Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory 0880 Australia
Cultural program continues:

Women may partake in weaving, painting and other activities

Men may partake in fishing, hunting, digeridoo making and other activities

Dinner & storytelling with Yolŋu families

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Cultural activities with your Yolngu hosts.

Day 4: Cultural activities with your Yolngu hosts. After lunch transfer to Nhulunbuy.

Stop At: Arnhem Land, North-eastern corner of the Northern Territory Melville Bay Road, Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory 0880 Australia
Cultural program continues. Farewell your Yolngu hosts after lunch.

Depart Yolngu homeland and travel back to Nhulunbuy
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner: Group dinner at Walkabout Lodge (or similar) and debrief on your cultural adventure.
Accommodation included: Walkabout Lodge (or similar) shared motel accommodation. Single supplement available.

Day 5: Transfer to Gove Airport and depart.

Stop At: Arnhem Land, North-eastern corner of the Northern Territory Melville Bay Road, Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory 0880 Australia
Transfer to Gove airport
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.



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