East Arnhem Land holiday in Australia

“A week long, small group tour, of East Arnhem Land and its environs, a very special wilderness in Northern Territory. With time out on beautiful Bremer Island. A very special tour. ”


Gove | East Arnhem Land | Nyinyikay Homelands and Yolggu First Peoples of Australia | Bremer Island | Sea turtle watching | Nhulunbuy and Yirrkala townships | Buku Art Centre

Description of East Arnhem Land holiday in Australia

This Northern Territory small group holiday is very different than most NT trips as it travels outside the traditional tourist region of the Red Centre to the cultural centre of East Arnhem Land. This region, right up on the north coast of NT’s Top End region, has been home to the Yolngu Aboriginal people for millennia. This holiday invites you, therefore, into their vast and rugged wilderness where traditional fishing, sailing, music and art are still very much part of the culture.

On this trip we also head over to Bremer Island, otherwise known as Dhambaliya, in the Arafura Sea. One of the world’s most extraordinary island idylls, it has been delightfully undeveloped for tourism purposes and we visit it in a way that supports and embraces community life. There are no better people to learn about the connection of cultural heritage and natural heritage than the First Peoples of Australia who have been stewards of these stunning places for longer than any other civilisation on earth.

Some of the traditions you will take part in include making spears and yidaki (or didgeridoos), basketry, traditional dance and bark painting. This trip also opens the door to some sacred sites where we ask all our guests to be culturally sensitive and follow the advice of your expert guide at all times.

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East Arnhem Land holiday in Australia

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On this trip, some accommodation has limited lighting and is powered by generators that turn off at a certain time to conserve energy. For instance, we stay at camp sites operated by Lirrwi Tourism, who work with the community in the Yolngu homelands. These are semi-permanent tents with shared facilities, which mean we use minimal energy.

We also spend two nights at Bremer Island Banubanu Beach Retreat, which offers fishing, turtle watching and several other activities involving local wildlife. The resort focuses on teaching travellers about the fauna here and how important it is to conserve it. They run fishing charters and beach fishing excursions but ensure that these activities are done in a sustainable way. They have even won awards for their efforts in environmental sustainability, as well as having an advanced eco accreditation from Eco Tourism Australia.

We work with an operator in Yirrkala to develop, support and promote Yolngu tourism in Arnhem Land, by travelling with their local guides who educate our groups about the six seasons identified by the changes in plant, animal life and climatic conditions.


On this trip, we enjoy two days of cultural activities with the traditional owners of the Nyinyikay Homeland. These activities could include making spears and yidaki (or didgeridoos) or collecting materials and dyes for basket making. There will also be an opportunity to witness the hunter-gatherer techniques that have fed the Yolngu for generations, as well as a chance to try some of the food that has been caught or collected. If you’re more interested in the traditional arts, the homeland also teaches traditional dance and bark painting. At the end of each day you’ll sit with the traditional owners around the fire and make the most of this unique opportunity to learn about their culture.

Due to the nature of this trip, there may be cultural sensitivities surrounding certain sites and topics. Whist we encourage you to be inquisitive, please be considerate when broaching potentially delicate topics and respect the land and its people.

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