Wild, spiritual and remote – welcome to East Arnhem Land.
In the farthest reaches of remote Northern Australia lies East Arnhem Land. This vast and rugged wilderness is where the Yolngu people have lived for millennia. Even today you’ll still find clans fishing, sailing and enjoying the homeland of their ancestors. Discover this beautiful stretch of traditional land, learning how to hunt and gather, dance and make bark paintings under the guidance of clan leaders. Then depart the mainland for nearby Bremer Island and feel like castaways marooned on this spectacular oasis, devoid of human development and interference. Don’t pass up this unique opportunity to witness the close cultural connection between the land and The First Peoples of Australia, the oldest civilization on Earth.
Join us for privileged and exclusive access to East Arnhem 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
Be welcomed by the Yolngu people and learn about their traditional methods of hunting and gathering, bark painting and basket weaving.
Travel to remote Bremer Island and spend two days exploring this beautiful oasis.
Visit the Yirrkala community and its world famous art gallery featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art work.
East Arnhem Land remains the same untouched wilderness that the Yolngu people’s ancestors walked, so accommodation is camping with basic facilities, but in a unique environment, under incredibly clear, star-filled skies.
This is a truly remote region. There is no Wi-Fi and no phone coverage. This is an ultimate bush experience.
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.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 April 2017 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 April 2019 - 31 March 2020
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Australia Expedition: Journey into East Arnhem Land trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
1. This tip starts with an airport pick up at Gove Airport in Nhulunbuy. You will need to book flights with AirNorth, see trip notes for flight times
2. A strict 10kg luggage limit applies, in addition to your daypack.