The Dilly Bag Tour of Woman's Gay'Wu

Lirrwi Tourism

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The Gay’wu women’s tour provides female visitors with the opportunity to come together with their Yolŋu sisterhood and learn about their culture, history and country. The Gay’wu (dilly bag) is a powerful and important cultural symbol in Arnhem Land, where it was first created thousands of years ago. You will learn about and experience Yolŋu philosophy and kinship, weaving, jewellery making, painting, astrology, healing ceremony, cooking and bush medicine, dancing, gathering oysters or mud crabs and much more. Activities will vary according to the season and availability of materials.

The Yolŋu often say the land is their mother. It nurtures, heals and guides their lives. This is why the female visitor experience and connection to Yolŋu people is often so profound, and time spent with the Yolŋu women is often described “life-changing”.

Includes transport, Yolngu guide, activities, all meals and accommodation.

About This Deal

Itinerary

Day 1: Tarvel to Yolngu homeland (Itinerary is subject to change due to weather or cultural considerations)

Stop At: Nhulunbuy, Nhulunbuy, Top End, Northern Territory
Arrive Yolngu Homeland where you will receive a traditional welcome to country and general orientation.

Lunch with the Yolngu families

After lunch, the women will take you to gather Pandanus, dyes and shells for weaving. This will be via vehicle with some short distance walking. This is to show how the process works from the very start. They will already have prepared sufficient pandanus and other materials for weaving activities in order to save time.

If your flight arrives via Darwin by 9.15am we can arrange to pick-up from the Airport. If you flight arrives after this time you will need to arrive the day prior (accommodation at your own expense).
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at a Yolngu Homeland. Accommodation is in a cabin or large tent and is shared with other tour participants.

Day 2: Cultural activities with Yolngu ladies

Stop At: East Arnhem Land, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
Cultural activites commence and may cover areas including:
• Yolngu language - verbal and sign language
• Gender roles and responsibilities
• Kinship and moiety rules
• Stories about the area and history of the region (pre and post contact)
• Participating in traditional food gathering activities
• Traditional craft activities such as painting, weaving
• Participating in and learning traditional dance.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at a Yolngu Homeland. Accommodation is in a cabin or large tent and is shared with other tour participants.

Day 3: Cultural activities with Yolngu ladies

Stop At: East Arnhem Land, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
Cultural program continues.

Women partake in activities such as weaving, painting and other activities

Dinner & storytelling with Yolngu families
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at a Yolngu Homeland. Accommodation is in a cabin or large tent and is shared with other tour participants.

Day 4: Half day cultural activities, and depart Yolngu homeland

Stop At: East Arnhem Land, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
Cultural program continues in the morning

Farewell Yolngu ladies and depart Homeland for Nhulunbuy after lunch

Drive to Yirrkala community

Visit Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre and see bark petitions which symbolise the beginning of the Indigenous Lands Rights movement, and a range of Yolngu art and crafts.
(This visit may be on Day 1 if Day 4 falls on a Sunday)

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner: Group dinner at Walkabout Lodge (or similar) and debrief after your Adventure in Culture.
Accommodation included: Walkabout Lodge (or similar) shared accommodation. Single supplement available at extra cost.

Day 5: Depart Gove and travel home

Stop At: East Arnhem Land, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
Breakfast at Nhulunbuy accommodation

Transfer from Walkabout Lodge (or similar) to Gove Airport to meet flights to either Darwin or Cairns

Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Near public transportation
  • Stroller accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infants are welcome, however you will need provide own booster seat
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • You will need to take a RAT test before heading out to the Yolngu Homeland. You must provide your own RAT test.
Inclusions
  • 4x Breakfast
  • 4x Dinner
  • 4x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 4 nights
  • 1 night motel accommodation (single use at extra cost)
  • 3 nights shared homeland accommodatin (hard structure or tent)
  • Airport or hotel pick up and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle


Exclusions
  • Airfares from your home port to Gove in East Arnhem Land.


Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Our tours departure Nhulunbuy at around 8am on Day 1 before travelling to Gove Airport for anyone arriving on the day.
For arrivals from Cairns you will need to arrive the day prior, accommodation will be at your own expense. If arriving from Darwin and your flights arrives before 10am we will pick up from the airport and then start the tour.

Airports

  • Nhulunbuy Airport, Gove, Northern Territory Australia




Departure Time
12:00 AM

Duration
5 days

Voucher Info
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Fine Print

7-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operators terms and conditions for this offer here. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.