Journey into East Arnhem LandNorthern Territory, Australia
To the outsider, Australia is broken into two categories – major cities and small towns that fringe its technicolour reef coastlines and the outback. And the latter is considered wildly off the beaten track – an arid, desolate landscape; a place the late Steve Irwin wrestled with crocs; where all kinds of creepy critters live, from giant funnel web spiders to fire ants, snakes and dingos. It's all true, of course – after all, Australia has myriad landscapes and wildlife found nowhere else on the planet – and thankfully Intrepid Travel's Journey into East Arnhem Land tour, based in the Northern Territory, will make you look beyond the surface where you'll find ancient history imbued in one of the country's most remote regions.
Australia’s indigenous people are the oldest living culture on Earth and this incredible journey gives you a unique opportunity to experience it. You’ll be welcomed by the Yolngu people, the traditional owners of East Arnhem Land, who have lived here for many millennia. Clan leaders will guide you in learning how to hunt and gather, dance and make bark paintings and you’ll learn about traditional gender roles and responsibilities, kinship and the history of the region.
You’ll also experience the remote Island oasis, Bremer Island. It’s a complete privilege to have access to East Arnhem Land and there really is no other way to fully experience Indigenous Australia and it’s cultural connection with the land.
- Take part in traditional hunting, fishing, and gathering on country
- Learn about gender roles and responsibilities, kinship and moiety, stories about the area and history of the region
- Sit around the campfire with East Arnhem Land’s traditional owners and listen to the stories and songs of their people
- Being welcomed by the Yolngu people and learning about their traditional methods and culture
- Travelling to remote Bremer Island and spend two days exploring this beautiful oasis
- Visit the Yirrkala community and its world famous art gallery featuring Indigenous art work
- There’s a strict 10 kilo luggage limit for this tour, in addition to your daypack, so if you’ll need to weigh this up if you’re an overpacker (pun intended)
- There’s no wi-fi or phone coverage here
- Due to the remoteness of this region and road accessibility, travel on the tour is predominately by airplane. Each plane carries a maximum of 450kg including luggage, so you’ll need you to submit your weight at the time of booking so the company can determine the number of planes to charter
Get an international or domestic flight to Darwin or Cairns, then a flight from Darwin to Gove (GOV).
- Camping with basic facilities, as well as wilderness lodge and motel accommodation on Bremer Island
The seven-day Expedition – Journey into East Arnhem Land tour starts from US$5110, plus flights.
It’s very remote, and there’s only one airline that flies from Darwin or Cairns to Gove (Airnorth) so it’s not the easiest place to get to (but it’s worth it). Accommodation is camping with basic facilities, without wi-fi or phone coverage, as this is a truly remote region. The Yolngu people’s culture and history is incredibly important to them, and they want to share it with the outside world. To be part of this is a privilege and requires sensitivity and patience towards guides and staff.