Arnhem Land is inspiration to some of Australia's greatest musical and dance talent such as Yothu Yindi, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunipingu and Bangarra Dance Theatre. After touring the world, these artists regularly return home to inspire their local communities and encourage the next generation of performers to continue sharing their traditional song and dance. Lirrwi Tourism consults with local Yolŋu performers to arrange authentic Yolŋu dance and Yidaki (didjeridu) performances for visitors to Arnhem Land.
Yidaki Master Class with Djalu
For Yidaki (didjeridu) enthusiasts, privileged Master Classes can be organised for groups. Arnhem Land is the origin of this uniquely Yolŋu instrument and there is no better place to learn about every aspect of its creation, history, musical use and spiritual significance. Yidaki (didjeridu) master, Djalu Gurruwiwi and his family, in partnership with Lirrwi Tourism can offer a 5 day experience on their remote Gikal homeland that follows the process of sourcing and crafting the Yidaki and learning the finer points of playing it.
When: available upon request
Cost per person: to be confirmed
Included: transport to the homeland, meals, accommodation and expert tuition from the Master.
Not Included: Flights and transit accommodation in Nhulunbuy
It is important to note that Yolŋu people consider it inappropriate for women to play this instrument and therefore, regretfully these experiences can only be offered to men.
Cruise Ship and Air Touring
Lirrwi Tourism is experienced in organising onshore excursions from Cruise ship visits involving cultural activities in the Yirrkala & Nhulunbuy area of East Arnhem Land. Visiting cruise ships and air touring groups can be catered to between 10 and 200 people. Lirrwi's has worked with Orion Expeditions, Abercombie & Kent, AP Touring, AOT and Bill Peach Journeys.
The East Arnhem Region is a haven for many rare bird species such as cockatoos, cranes, shrikes, orioles, finches, magpie geese, larks, emus, raptors, wrens, pitta, brolgas, jabirus, sea eagles and many more. The rare Northern Shrike-Tit was sighted in 2009 in North East Arnhem Land for the first time. Birding expeditions can be arranged through Lirrwi Tourism onto Aboriginal homelands with Yolŋu guides. The optimum period for bird watching in East Arnhem Land is from May to December when floodplains and billabongs are more accessible.
Film and photography
East Arnhem Land is a film maker, storyteller and photographer's dream. The region is one of the most remote and spectacular parts of Australia. It is also home to the Yolŋu people who are among the most culturally intact Aboriginal peoples of Australia who still speak their language and live their culture on a daily basis. Feature films including Ten Canoes and Yolŋu Boy have been shot in this region as well as a number of acclaimed documentaries. Lirrwi Tourism is in a unique position to offer support services to photographers and film and television crews, as we work closely with a network of Aboriginal homelands and have the capacity to tackle a variety of logistical issues to ensure your time in East Arnhem Land is productive. Lirrwi Tourism provided location support for the acclaimed series First Contact in 2014 and 2017.
Lirrwi Tourism is also well placed to advise on and coordinate media visits from Australian and international media outlets. The dry season (June to October) is better in terms of accessibility and when traditional people are more likely to be living on homelands. Expect to pay people a reasonable fee for people's time and their intellectual property. Being filmed, photographed and interviewed is not new to Yolŋu people. Many Yolŋu families have arranged their tourism, performance or artistic activities into a structured business. Lirrwi Tourism will determine if a particular media visit is appropriate and will negotiate a price and conditions on behalf of the Yolŋu business or proponent. Lirrwi has staff who are highly experienced in coordinating and negotiating travel media and documentary visits throughout the Northern Territory.
Remote Transport and Logistics
Lirrwi Tourism operates several highly capable and versatile 4X4 vehicles and employs experienced Yolngu drivers. If you have a group that needs to get to and from a remote location or a special delivery or pick up at a homeland, Lirrwi can deliver.