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Lirrwi Tourism

Multi day tours of the Homelands of the Yolŋu Aboriginal people in East Arnhem Land.

We provide adventures in culture, giving visitors to Arnhem Land NT an entirely new view on the world. The Yolŋu people of Arnhem Land offer some of the most unique experiences imaginable. Arnhem land is a unique and special place, and we want the world to visit us to learn about our culture.

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    Bawaka Day Tour

    Join us on a 4WD adventure to Bawaka, 60km south of our community of Yirrkala. Experience traditional spear fishing and crab hunting. Learn about Moiety – Yirratja and Dhuwa (Kinship) and how this connects us to the land and to each other, one big Earth balanced. Hear about our seven seasons and see what the environment is telling us. This intimate and unique experience is available departing from Nhulunbuy or Yirrkala.

    Corporate Cultural Connections

    Djawa (Timmy) Burarrwanga, founder of Lirrwi Tourism, says that an “immersion with the Yolngu people is like going to a bush university and experiencing something different”.

    The Cultural Immersion Programs are a perfect way for corporate groups to step outside their regular work day and disconnecting from the office.
    Participating in the unstructured and less regimented Yolngu daily life allows for the exploration of each individual’s strengths, weaknesses and biases. Be prepared to leave watches and smartphones behind and not follow the itinerary precisely. T`eam members will interact with each other like never before without these digital distractions.

    On arrival at a Yolngu Homeland your team will become part of a small family community, usually with several generations. You can expect to receive a symbolic welcome to country, or smoking ceremony at the beginning of your stay. You’ll learn about Yolngu kinship, traditional law and language and participate in a range of activities from weaving to traditional spear fishing, gathering bush foods and medicine, dance (Bunggul), and even learn how the Yidaki (didgeridoo) is made and played.

    Crossing Country Cultural Tour

    Not only will you participate in a variety of cultural activities, but you will cross a diversity of incredible landscapes during the tour.

    This tour also provides an opportunity for Yolŋu on remote homelands to share their culture with visitors and provides an economic base for them to be able to remain on country and maintain their culture. The itinerary, developed by Yolŋu for Yolŋu, allows for multiple generations of family members to participate

    Most importantly, this means that tourism does not dominate the cultural life of homelands because it allows them flexibility for cultural commitments.

    This 5 day - 4 night experience has set departure dates with a maximum group size of 11.

    Bawaka Day tour

    Welcome to Yolŋu Country, region of Miwatj.
    This land has been passed down to us from generation to generation. We are the traditional owners of the sea and of the inland areas. Come and explore our culture, sit with us, hear our stories, walk with us, share some knowledge.
    Full Day Tour 8am to 4pm, Includes morning tea, lunch, permits and a Yolŋu Tour Guide.

    Woman's Tour

    It nurtures, heals and guides their lives. This is why the female visitor experience and connection to Yolŋu people is often so profound. the Gay’wu women’s tour provide female visitors with the opportunity to come together with their Yolŋu sisterhood and learn about their culture, history and country. Equally it is an opportunity to reconnect with every aspect of their own lives – environment, spirituality, and philosophy.

    You will experience many extraordinary things on this tour, and time spent with the Yolŋu women is often described “life-changing”. You will learn about and experience Yolŋu philosophy and kinship, weaving, painting, astrology, healing ceremony, crying ceremony (Nathi), cooking and bush medicine, dancing, gathering oysters or mud crabs and much more. Specific activities will vary according to the season and availability of materials.

    This 5 day - 4 night experience departing Nhulunbuy. This tour requires a minimum of 8 participants to depart.

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