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Garma Festival

The ancient sound of the Yidaki (didjeridu) is a call to all people to come together in unity; to gather for the sharing of knowledge and culture; to learn from and listen to one another.

Each August, the Yidaki call announces the start of Garma, the largest and most vibrant annual celebration of Yolngu (Aboriginal people of north-east Arnhem Land) culture.

It is heard at Gulkula, near Nhulunbuy in north-east Arnhem Land, as about 2,000 Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians and international visitors gather for the annual Garma Festival. Garma is a Yolngu word that describes a 'two-way learning process". Yolngu culture is one of the oldest living cultures on earth, stretching back over 40,000 years, and the Garma Festival is a celebration of that Yolngu cultural inheritance.

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    Event date

    2 – 5 August 2019

    Entry cost

    Student tickets from $1056
    Garma is located in a very remote place in Arnhem Land. Guests must fly into the closest township of Nhulunbuy (or Gove) from either Darwin or Cairns. The Yothu Yindi Foundation will transfer you to and from site. The cost to attend Garma is expensive due to it's remote location.


    • Cafe
    • Carpark
    • Conference/Convention Facilities
    • Family Friendly
    • Public Toilet
    • Restaurant
    • Shop


    • Camping
    • Walks


    Disabled access available, contact operator for details.

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