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Crossing Country Tour - 5 day Yolngu Homeland Tour - 2023

Lirrwi Tourism

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Highlights

Visit a Yolŋu Homeland and become part of a small family community and spend time with the Yolŋu people, living and working on their traditional homelands.

Feel like part of the family, take part in daily activities and make lasting friendships. Your stay will begin with a  welcome to country, or smoking ceremony. You will learn about Yolŋu kinship, traditional lore and language, both spoken and sign. Throughout your visit you will participate in a range of activities which may include traditional spear fishing, gathering of bush foods and medicine, weaving, jewellery making, dance (Bunggul), storytelling or learning how the Yidaki (didjeridu) is made and played. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Protecting the vulnerable communities on the Yolngu homelands is our priority, and to ensure that they are not unnecessarily put at risk by COVID-19, we require you to take a RAT test before we travel to the homeland.

About This Deal

Itinerary

Day 1: Meet Yolngu guide and transfer to Yolngu Homeland. (Itinerary subjec to to change due to weather or cultural reasons))

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

This afternoon your hosts will deliver a Yolgnu cultural class sharing and telling the story of the homeland.

Dinner & fireside chat.

If you are arriving Darwin and your flight arrives prior to 9.30am we will arrange to pick you up from the airport. If after this time you will need to arrive the day prior. Accommodation will be at your own expense.

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at a Yolngu Homeland. Accommodation is shared cabin or tent accommodation depending on the homeland.

Day 2: Cultural activities with your Yolngu hosts.

Stop At: East Arnhem Land, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
Cultural awareness talk commences - some areas covered may include:
• Yolŋu culture and kinship 
• Basic Yolŋu Matha language 
• Yolŋu law 
• Avoidance relationships 
• Yolŋu sign language 
• Activities such as spear fishing for men and weaving for women.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at a Yolngu Homeland. Accommodation is shared cabin or tent accommodation depending on the homeland.

Day 3: Cultural activities with your Yolngu hosts.

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

Women may partake in weaving, painting and other activities

Men may partake in fishing, hunting, digeridoo making and other activities

Dinner & storytelling with Yolŋu families

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at a Yolngu Homeland. Accommodation is shared cabin or tent accommodation depending on the homeland.

Day 4: Cultural activities with your Yolngu hosts. After lunch transfer to Nhulunbuy.

Stop At: East Arnhem Land, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
Cultural program continues. Farewell your Yolngu hosts after lunch.

Depart Yolngu homeland and travel back to Nhulunbuy
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner: Group dinner at Walkabout Lodge (or similar) and debrief on your cultural adventure.
Accommodation included: Walkabout Lodge (or similar) shared motel accommodation. Single supplement available at additional cost.

Day 5: Transfer to Gove Airport and depart.

Stop At: East Arnhem Land, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Gove airport
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 welcome however you will need to provide a 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
  • We require you to take a RAT test before we depart for the Yolngu homeland. You will need to 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 homeland accommodation (shared hard structure or tent)
  • Airport or hotel pick up and drop-off
  • Tour escort/host
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Coffee and/or Tea


Exclusions
  • Air transport from your home port to Gove Airport.


Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
If you arrive in Nhulunbuy the day before the tour date (due to flight schedules) we will still pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation.
If you arrive at Gove airport (Nhulunbuy) before 10am on the first day of the tour, we will collect you from the airport and then commence the tour.
Day 5 there are no activities after breakfast.. We will transfer you back to the airport to meet any departing flight.

Airports

  • Nhulunbuy Airport, Gove, Northern Territory Australia




Departure Time
12:00 AM

Duration
5 days

Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

The tour identified in this promotion is made available through Viator. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Lirrwi Tourism in connection with this deal. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to Viator will be directed back to Groupon.

This offer is not eligible for promo codes.

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.