Lirrwi Tourism will introduce two new tours of Yolngu homelands this spring, inviting small groups to experience Indigenous traditions and culture as part of a long-term vision for tourism in Arnhem Land.

From September, groups of between 8 and 14 people will be able to travel through remote Arnhem Land and stay with Yolngu families in their ancestral lands, providing an intimate encounter with the world’s oldest continuous living culture.

Guests will learn first-hand about the customs, skills and ceremonies of the Yolngu people, while taking part in practices like fishing, food gathering and crafts.  The tours are operated and guided by Yolngu, providing direct income for communities and a path to future economic independence.

Two new itineraries are available:

  • Homeland Adventure, Yolngu Dhukarr – A journey among three different Yolngu homelands, travelling by air-conditioned 4WD from Nhulunbuy through north-east Arnhem Land.  Guests will stay in simple lodge accommodation or camp under the stars, and will learn about aspects of Yolngu life including language, story-telling, art, dance and bush foods.  Six nights/seven days. First departure: September 1, 2014.
  • Women’s Tours, Gay’Wu – An opportunity to experience Arnhem Land from the perspective of Yolngu women, for whom the land is a mother. Travelling in similar style to the Homeland Adventure, this tour provides a chance to spend time with Yolngu women and learn about aspects of their lives including philosophy, kinship, weaving, painting, astrology, mud baths, ceremonies, cooking and medicine. Six nights/seven days. First departure: September 29, 2014.

The introduction of tours for the wider public coincides with the launch of Lirrwi Tourism’s new brand identity and the completion of the Yolngu Tourism Masterplan which aims to create dozens of Indigenous-owned tourism businesses across Arnhem Land over coming decades.

Further departure dates will be announced soon.

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