Visitors to Arnhem Land are able to experience a fascinating mixture of traditional and living culture.
Our one day Arnhem Land tour departs Monday to Saturday from May 1st through to October 30th.
Arnhem Land is perhaps the one area in Australia where indigenous culture is still dominant, despite a long history of interaction with other cultures, for example, the Macassens who visited the shores of Arnhem Land for more than five hundred years to harvest sea slug. They came by sailing boats from the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi and left their legacy with the Aboriginal people.
Then the Europeans, their impact on Aboriginal people was more far-reaching and profound. Arnhem Land today has weathered all the storms and it has managed to stay as a last frontier and homeland of around 18.000 people.
While we are in Arnhem Land a traditional Aboriginal guide will show you excellent examples of rock art on Injalak Hill (Long Tom Dreaming), this area has some of the best rock art examples in Western Arnhem Land and some say Australia.
The view from the top of the hill is simply breathtaking, looking out across the floodplains and around the Arnhemland escarpment. When we farewell our Aboriginal guide back at the Injalak Art & Craft Centre there is an opportunity to browse or purchase goods from this non-profit Aboriginal organisation.
At the award-winning Injalak Arts and Crafts Centre (Gunbalanya) there is time to watch the traditional Aboriginal people painting and to see the women weaving pandanus baskets.
With its stunning scenery of billabongs, birds, escarpment this is truly a place where you can escape and experience this unique untouched haven of the Northern Territory.
This tour requires a good amount of balance and agility as we do a hill walk and a reasonable level of fitness.
Access to Arnhemland is by invitation from the local Aboriginal people
DepartureDarwin or Jabiru, NT
- Arnhem Land entry permits & Aboriginal Guide - Visit Gunbalanya's Injalak Arts and Craft Centre - Guided walking tour of Injalak Hill - A picnic lunch atop Injalak Hill - Afternoon tea with tea/coffee and snack
What to bring on Safari...
- Good walking shoes or boots - One Litre Water bottle (Iced water is available) - Sunblock - Insect repellent - A hat - Light, comfortable clothing - Camera gear - Medications and other personal requirements - Binoculars - A sense of adventure! Notes - Departs Darwin at 5.15 am - Stop at Corroboree Park Tavern on route - Aurora Kakadu, South Alligator at 7.50 am - All Jabiru Accommodation at 8.30- 8.45 am
Top End Day ToursTop End Day Tours offers explorations of Australia’s Aboriginal lands, also known as Arnhem Land.
Our day tours are significant cultural experiences that allow visitors to see key sites throughout the Arnhem Land with their own eyes. We are one of the few touring companies offering this type of experience in Australia, and our combination of non-indigenous guides and native Aboriginal guides ensures that you learn as much about the Arnhem Land as possible.
Experience an Ancient Culture Some experts say that the Aboriginal culture of Australia is the world’s single oldest surviving culture. Indeed, the Aboriginal culture dates back a jaw-dropping 60,000 years. A day tour of the Arnhem Land, then, is a trip through time—not just a millennium or two, but thousands of millennia.
Our tours of Arnhem Land include visits to numerous significant cultural sites, including showcases of ancient Aboriginal rock art. The tour will also offer remarkable photo opportunities, featuring any one of the Arnhem Land’s expansive and beautiful landscapes.
Above all, the tour will take you away from the bustle of modern life and give you a chance to get back to nature in a fun and rejuvenating way.
Seeing the rock art of the Aborigines is certainly the primary draw of the Arnhem Land day tours that we offer at Top End Day Tours.
The Aboriginal culture has never had a formal written language, but the people have for thousands of years recorded their history and customs on the sides of rocks and the walls of rock shelters. Much of this rock art survives to this day, depicting everything from deities and religious ceremonies to animals that no longer exist.
In fact, some of the creatures featured in Aboriginal rock art paintings are estimated to have become extinct between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago now.
To experience a tour of Arnhem Land, then, is to experience a world that many of us can hardly even imagine anymore.