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Northern Territory 5 Day Women's Tour - Gay'wu (Dillybag)

Embark on this extraordinary experience and spend time with the Yolŋu women as you learn about philosophy and kinship, weaving, painting, astrology and more
Yirrkala, Australia
Duration
Duration
5 Days 4 Nights
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
4+
Meals
Meals
Included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Yirrkala, NT
Vaccination Required
Vaccination Required

What's Included

  • Get up to $240 cash back per person when you book with us

  • All transport in the East Arnhem Region including airport transfers and ground touring

  • All meals whilst on tour

  • Cultural experiences on Yolŋu homelands

  • All camping equipment and bedding supplied

  • Exclusive Yolŋu driver and guide

What to Expect

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 why this tour has been designed exclusively for women and girls only.

 

While in the modern western world this could be seen as sexism, in the Yolŋu world there are clearly defined roles and activities undertaken exclusively by women and men.

 

These roles have mutual respect and many activities, such as dancing and eating, are undertaken together. This 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. Equally, it is an opportunity to reconnect with every aspect of their own lives – environment, spirituality and philosophy.

 

The dilly bag is a powerful and important cultural symbol in Arnhem Land, where it was first created thousands of years ago. Woven with dyed pandanus leaves, the dilly bag has both a practical and a spiritual meaning.

 

- The practicality of holding foods and medicines gathered from the bush

- The spiritual meaning of the dilly bag as it  is also used to carry knowledge.

 

On this tour, the women of Arnhem Land wish to open their hearts to visitors and share the knowledge that have acquired over many thousands of years. Knowledge of the bush, the ancestors, the sky and the universe.

 

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. The Gay’wu women’s tour provide female visitors with the opportunity to come together with their Yolŋu sisterhood and learn about their culture, history and country. Equally it is an opportunity to reconnect with every aspect of their own lives – environment, spirituality, and philosophy.

 

You will experience many extraordinary  things on this tour, and time spent with the Yolŋu women is often described “life-changing”. You will learn about and experience Yolŋu philosophy and kinship, weaving, painting, astrology, healing ceremony, crying ceremony (Nathi), cooking and bush medicine, dancing, gathering oysters or mud crabs and much more. Specific activities will vary according to the season and availability of materials.

 

During your tour, you will visit the remarkable art centre in Yirrkala - Buku-Larrnggay. Here you will see beautiful local works of art painted on bark, Larrakitj (ceremonial poles), woven baskets, jewelery and much more. Buku also has am extraordinary collection of historical material and is regarded as one of the best Aboriginal art centres in Australia.

 

So, what are you waiting for? It's time to embark on the adventure of a lifetime and to discover a world of women-wonder on this incredible tour.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Flying from Darwin or Cairns into Nhulunbuy (Gove) is the easiest way. There are daily flights from Cairns and Darwin to Gove with Airnorth.

It is also possible to drive to Nhulunbuy during the dry season via the Central Arnhem Road that connects with the Stuart Highway south of Katherine. This is a significant undertaking and requires a high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle, an access permit through the Northern Land Council and a certain amount of planning.

Multi-day tours commence on the morning of the first day, with a pick up from accommodation in Nhulunbuy, or from a flight arriving at Gove airport as long as it comes in before 10am. 

On the last day of the tour, transfers are provided back to Gove airport in time for you to check-in for departing flights, either in the morning or the afternoon. 

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To protect the vulnerable Yolngu communities, adult participants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before they can join a tour. Children 6~17 are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before they can join a tour.

Tests are free in Australia. You can find the locations of COVID-19 test clinics on each state’s Health Department website.    

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As Yolngu women dress conservatively, we ask that you do the same. Long skirts, long shorts or pants/trousers are suitable, as are t-shirts and knee length shorts. Please do not wear bikinis, mini-skirts or shorts that show butt-cheeks. 

As you will spend most of your time outdoors, you should wear cool, comfortable clothing that will protect you from the sun and insects. Breathable natural fibres and/or synthetic wicking materials are highly recommended. Avoid synthetics that do not breathe well. 

A good pair of walking shoes is recommended, and possibly a pair that you don’t mind getting wet as there may be times that you will walk through water, or along rocky outcrops along the waters edge.

We also recommend a sweatshirt or a long-sleeved wind breaker for cooler nights and mornings.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • You must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of recent negative Covid test to attend this tour

  • Airfares from your home port to Nhulunbuy are not included

  • Transit accommodation where necessary in either Darwin or Nhulunbuy depending on which air route taken is not included

  • Should the minimum group size not be reached, The Supplier will contact you with an offer of a change of date or tour, or to refund your tour fees

  • This tour is for women and girls only. In the modern western world this could be seen as sexism, but in the Yolŋu world there are clearly defined roles and activities undertaken exclusively by women and men. These roles have mutual respect and many activities, such as dancing and eating, are undertaken together.


Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancel any time, for any reason, up to 30 days prior to tour date.
     

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