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Gay-Wu Woman's 5 Day Yolngu Homeland Tour provided by Lirrwi Tourism

Gay-Wu Woman's 5 Day Yolngu Homeland Tour

Gay-Wu Woman's 5 Day Yolngu Homeland Tour
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
5 days
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
15
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    5 days
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    15
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 108963P2
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Airport or hotel pick up and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • 3 nights shared homeland accommodatin (hard structure or tent)
  • 1 night motel accommodation (single use at extra cost)
  • Entry/Admission - Arnhem Land
  • Entry/Admission - Arnhem Land
  • Entry/Admission - Arnhem Land
  • Entry/Admission - Arnhem Land
Duration
5 days
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Our tours departure Nhulunbuy at 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 at 9.15am we will pick up before starting the tour.
  • Airports:
  • Nhulunbuy Airport, Gove, Northern Territory Australia
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Infants are welcome, however you will need provide own booster seat
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Airport or hotel pick up and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • 3 nights shared homeland accommodatin (hard structure or tent)
  • 1 night motel accommodation (single use at extra cost)
  • Entry/Admission - Arnhem Land
  • Entry/Admission - Arnhem Land
  • Entry/Admission - Arnhem Land
  • Entry/Admission - Arnhem Land
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Our tours departure Nhulunbuy at 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 at 9.15am we will pick up before starting the tour.
  • Airports:
  • Nhulunbuy Airport, Gove, Northern Territory Australia
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
5 days
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Infants are welcome, however you will need provide own booster seat
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 15 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 13 Oct 2021
A note from Gay-Wu Woman's 5 Day Yolngu Homeland Tour
Recent negative COVID-19 test result required to join a tour, even if you are fully vaccinated.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Itinerary
Overview
Full Map
6 stops
Day 1
Tarvel to Yolngu homeland...
Day 2
Cultural activities with Yolngu...
Day 3
Cultural activities with Yolngu...
Day 4
Half day cultural activities,...
Day 5
Depart Gove and travel home
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Gaye B
Montepulciano, Italy7 contributions
Brilliant tour tho a bit basic, but that was part of the adventure. I loved it and certainly gave me a lot to ponder about the local indigenous culture. Rachel our guide was fantastic and tho sympathetic to cultural needs was also sympathetic to ours. I learnt a lot and had a lot of fun. I totally recommend this tour.
Written 1 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi GayeB508, Thank you for taking the time to review your Gay'wu Woman's Tour. Our team certainly do a fantastic job, and it's great to hear that you are thinking deeply about Australian Indigenous culture after your tour. Kind regards, Lirrwi Tourism Team.
Written 9 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Birgit B
1 contribution
Jun 2021
My two daughters & I and 9 female friends just returned from the Women's tour and had an amazing und unforgettable experience. The Lirriwi guides Rachel & Howard were amazing and we fell in love with Timmy, Rita, Djawundil and the children in Bawaka. We deeply thank them for inviting us to their homeland and to teach us about their culture, art and way of life! It was an experience unlike any other and we are very grateful for it!
Written 28 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Birgit, Thank you for your lovely review of the Lirrwi Tourism Woman's Gay'wu Dilly Bag Tour. We will pass on your feedback to your Yolngu hosts. They graciously let us into their homelands, and take time out of their lives, to ensure that each small group our team escorts, has a truly memorable cultural experience. Thank you, Lirrwi Tourism Team.
Written 9 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kate
2 contributions
May 2021 • Family
My Mum and I went on the women's tour together in a group of 11 women. We both agree it was deeply special experience and highly recommend this trip if you're ready with a curious mind and open heart. Thank you to the family at Barwaka to opening their home and hearts to us all on the tour.

It was a wonderful mix of learning, listening, reflecting, connecting and committing to nurturing the seed of reconciliation. Timmy, Wopurruwuy and their family showed us so many activities - basket weaving, net fishing for our dinner, foraging for mud crab and mud mussels, swimming, sand 4WDing, traditional dancing.

We had bush class on the moiety system, spoken and sign language, and women's business. The tour concluded with a healing ceremony which was moving for everyone.

Our tour guide Rachel was excellent! Hard working, experienced, attentive and knowledgeable. We always had abundance of food and snacks, Rachel was always one step ahead preparing things, she went above and beyond to ensure everyone was happy and comfortable. The accommodation is simple but this is perfect for the trip; to pare back and focus on the experience. Thanks again to all involved.
Kate and Heather
Written 4 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Kate-088, Thank you for taking the time to review your Yolngu Aboriginal cultural immersion tour. We are so pleased to hear that you found the trip a deeply special experience, as this is how the trips are planned, and participants who allow themselves to be truly immersed in the Yolngu way of life, their history and culture certainly get the most out of their experience. We will pass on your kind words to our team, and to Timmy and his family. Thank you again, Lirrwi Tourism.
Written 17 June 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Anna C
Canberra12 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
We had the privilege of visiting a Yolngu homeland with Lirrwi. After a few hours drive we were warmly welcome by the homeland community. The location as breathtaking and we relaxed immediately. Over the next few days we took part in the community's daily activities - language, beach combing, crafting, sharing stories. The food was plentiful and facilities a very good standard for a remote area. Highly recommended if you want to learn about Yolngu culture and to relax into the Yolngu rhythm.
Written 10 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Anna C, Thank you for your five star review of Lirrwi Yolngu Tourism. We are delighted that you were able to get into the Yolngu rhythm, and relax during your visit to East Arnhem Land. It's certainly a special place that marches to it's own beat, in tune with the natural environment. Kind regards, Lirrwi Team
Written 11 September 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ange E
Byron Bay, Australia3 contributions
Aug 2019
Spending a few days with the Yonglu people of Nyinyikay was just a privilege. This wasn't just an exercise in learning about the culture, each day was an immersive classroom dedicated to helping us understand indigenous lineage, law and land. We all came away feeling that we were not just tourists, but students wanting to go back home and share what we've learnt. Amazing bucket-list experience!
Written 18 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi GoFIshAus, Thank you so much for your five star review of Lirrwi Yolngu Tourism. We were delighted to have you along on our Yolngu Homeland Tour to Nyinyikay homeland. We look forward to working with you next season to put together some unique fishing itineraries to East Arnhem Land. Thanks again. Kind regards, Lirrwi Team.
Written 11 September 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Raewyn stone
3 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
I have been fascinated and deeply respectful of Aboriginal culture since I was a child- in New Zealand. I achieved a long- time dream to spend time with Aboriginal people in their Country and homeland and to learn from them ( rather than books) about their culture.
I didnt have definite expectations, but the whole booking process was so efficient, I had a bit of a niggle that this might be one of those very polished/packed/ superficial "cultural experiences".
Quite the opposite- it was totally authentic. The programme evolved in response to what we wanted to learn. with a lot of hard work and preparation going on in the background. Over the 3.5 days we came to love unforgettable characters like Ruth, Bernadette, Susan, Kenny, Kevin and Damien who generously shared their knowledge and skills with us.

The landscape was stunning, facilities basic but perfectly adequate and we were very well fed.

One note: this was a women only tour in that the 7 of us on the tour were women ( and amazing women), but our "teachers" were not only women and in certain areas of knowledge, like explaining kinship structures, the men were "in charge". None of us thought this was an issue, but I think this should be made clear in the information about the tour so there are no misunderstandings.

Highly recommended for a very genuine experience.
Written 3 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Raewyn S, Thank you for your review of Lirrwi Yolngu Tourism. We are so pleased that we managed to exceed your expectations and deliver a culturally authentic homeland experience for you in East Arnhem Land. We note your feedback about the Yolngu men participating in teachings during your visit and will update our website accordingly. Thanks again, Lirrwi Team.
Written 11 September 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Catherine
Duncraig, Australia17 contributions
I loved the 3.5 days spent with Ruth, Bernadette, Kenny and families at Bukudal. With just 7 of us in our group it really was a cultural immersion. This is not your average tour, it is a genuine experience of learning Yolgnu language and culture in a beautiful remote location. We had excellent teachers and guides who kept us safe at all times. There was a great mix of quiet time just sitting and enjoying the serenity as well as activities to participate in and enjoy. The women worked hard before we arrived collecting shells and nuts and preparing them for us to our make our own necklaces and paint shells using a paint brush made of hair. We watched manta rays playing, we collected and learnt about bush medicines and saw crocodile tracks up a secluded beach. The final evening we were treated to a performance of yidaki and dance around the camp fire which everyone loved. The Lirrwi guides looked after us very well and the meals were great. I'm now home and enjoying the beautiful pandanus mat I bought at the amazing art centre in Yirrkala. Overall it was a wonderful experience and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a genuine cultural immersion.
Written 26 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi maffrincorn, Thank you so much for your five star review of our Yolngu Homeland Tour. We are delighted that you enjoyed yourself so much and that it was a genuine cultural experience for you. Our Yolngu hosts and our Lirrwi Tourism team really put a lot of effort into making the tours an unforgettable Adventure in Culture for participants. We will pass on your kind words to everyone involved. Kind regards, Anji Kemp - Director of Sales & Marketing
Written 30 July 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Gudurrka
3 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
An amazing insight into Yolngu life in a beautiful beachside setting on the Gulf of Carpentaria. The family at Bukadul were so welcoming and generous in sharing their culture. I've travelled widely and lived in other countries and can honestly say that this tour is great fun and totally unique. There was nothing staged - just wonderful, genuine people opening their home and giving us the opportunity to learn about their life and culture.
Written 21 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi topendtraveller789, Thank you so much for your five star review of the Lirrwi Tourism Woman's Tour. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your Adventure in Culture on Bukudal Yolngu homeland in East Arnhem Land. We will pass on your kind words to our team, and the Yolngu hosts who made you part of their family. Please feel free to spread the word. Every visitor we take on a homeland tour, helps create a new economy for Yolŋu people in Arnhem Land through tourism. Kind regards, Anji Kemp - Director of Sales & Marketing
Written 22 July 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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SandyC2065
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Fantastic cultural experience.
Being in a Homeland community, being part of the Yolnja culture, learning about it. Being in a community that hasn'
Lockie_Clancy
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Bawaka Cultural Immersion
Having undertaken the cultural immersion trip as a corporate group from The GPT Group to Bawaka, the trip provided
Margibaker
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Authenticity with Lirrwi Tours
This has to be one of the best tours I have ever been on and that's many because i travelled all over the world. I
E6926KXsamantham
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An amazing experience
This was an amazing experience. We visited beautiful Nyinyikay Homeland and were warmly welcomed by the families wh
nidsnidra
nidsnidra
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Heart warming trip of a lifetime
The Baniyala community were heart warming in their hospitality, enthusiasm and inclusivity in all aspects of the ex
resyvanbeek
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Yolnju time
Women’s Tour at Bawaka. An amazing country to unwind, relax & reflect. Being away from phone/email/internet and tak
ChrisTaylerNT
ChrisTaylerNT
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Day trip Bawaka Cultural Experience
We went on the day trip to Bawaka homeland and lonely island. It was was a difficult drive into these locations, bu
ANDREA_TRAVEL_2020
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Pretty life-changing!
This was one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had. Being with the community on their land was almost in
Gr33dyG
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Unique and amazing experience - Bawaka Trip
My group's trip to Bawaka with Lirrwi was an amazing experience. Our hosts gave us a beautiful insight into Yolngu
MelanieSpel
MelanieSpel
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The last night when Timmy and his family and my son Andre played 'Treaty' together
Timmy, Rita, Randy and Miss Leonie gave us a warm welcome and treated us like family, like it was 'our' country too
Charmaine/Chris J
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Bukadal unknown paradise
Just came back from Bukadal crossing country start 22 May 5 glorious days Thanks Ruth lovely didgeridoo masterpiec
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Nailed it
Thanks so much to Lirrwi for accomodation our mega Bangarra-mob :) It was an incredible day with incredible people,
nuritz2016
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An amazing experience
I recently came back from a 5 day Women Tour at Bukadal. It was a very special experience. The location where Berna
Frances W
Frances W
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A true adventure
My experience at Bukadal on the Homeland tour was enlightening. I loved every moment of it. What an amazing cultur
Nicholas S
Nicholas S
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Unexpected charm
My 90yo father and I thoroughly enjoyed our daytrip with Dianne, Shandy and their 4yo granddaughter/niece. Authenti
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