This tour has been designed for the more independent traveller and has all the makings of a genuine adventure in culture, visiting different remote Yolŋu homelands. Not only will you participate in a variety of cultural programs and 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 the country and maintain their culture.


Tourism of this kind, which is developed by Yolŋu for Yolŋu allows for multiple generations of family members to participate


Lirrwi Tourism works in consultation with many homelands to ensure that all have the opportunity to participate, learn and earn from tourism.


A detailed itinerary will be provided well before the departure date.


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


Tour Details


This is a remote travel experience with set departure dates. This 5 day – 4-night experience departing Nhulunbuy.


Departure Dates 2018

  • 9-13 April
  • 08-12 June
  • 10-14 July
  • 20-24 August
5 days
  • Destination

  • Departure

    Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory

Group Size

Minimum group size is 6 and a maximum group size of 11. Smaller or larger groups can be catered for on request however prices may differ.


Should the minimum group size not be reached, we will contact you with an offer of a change of date or tour, or to refund your tour fees.




Three nights will be spent at a Yolŋu Homeland with simple indoor or outdoor accommodation. On the fourth night, you will be accommodated in a motel in Nhulunbuy.


Tour Price


The tour price is based on twin share subject to a minimum of 6 participants.


Cost includes:


  • all transport in the East Arnhem Region including airport transfers and ground touring
  • all meals whilst on tour
  • cultural experiences on Yolŋu homelands
  • all camping equipment and bedding supplied
  • Yolŋu driver and guide


You will be responsible for:

  • airfares from your home port to Nhulunbuy
  • transit accommodation where necessary in either Darwin or Nhulunbuy depending on which air route is taken.


For more information, please contact us for details and availability.


Lirrwi Tourism

Lirrwi Tourism was established in 2010 to develop, support and promote Yolŋu tourism in Arnhem Land.


Djawa (Timmy) Burarrwanga from Bawaka homeland was a driving force for this and Lirrwi owes its existence largely to his determination and vision. Lirrwi's main objective is to create a new economy for Yolŋu people in Arnhem Land through tourism. It does this by bringing people together to share Yolŋu culture, connecting Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.


Working from East Arnhem Land in Australia’s Northern Territory, we aim to combine the range of work traditionally carried out by economic development organisations, tourism operators and travel agents to:
  • build understanding between Yolŋu and non-Yolŋu people
  • assist Yolŋu people to enter the tourism industry
  • support Yolŋu tourism businesses
  • take ownership of tourism development in our region


Our work recognises the strong links between economic development and the benefits of engaging in meaningful employment, which can lead to greater independence and increased skill levels, ultimately improving physical and mental health or well-being.


For this reason, we strongly support the creation of flexible job opportunities and businesses that take into consideration cultural commitments as well as profitability in remote homeland areas.

In short, Lirrwi Tourism believes in taking action and creating partnerships with individuals and families so that we can work together to ultimately help improve aspects of people's lives. With an all Yolŋu Board of Directors and dedicated experienced staff, Lirrwi Tourism is committed to developing East Arnhem Land as a world-leading destination for indigenous cultural and nature-based experiences.


Lirrwi Tourism operates its main office in Yirrkala in East Arnhem Land and works with Yolŋu people who live and work across a range of homeland locations to develop, support and promote Aboriginal tourism experiences in the region.

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