Cultural Immersion Programs
Lirrwi Tourism partners with two key homelands in Bukudal and Nyinyikay for education groups. These are Aboriginal owned and operated businesses offering an affordable cultural awareness experience for secondary school and university groups between the months of May and October. Both homelands are on spectacular coast locations approximately 3 hours drive from Nhulunbuy. Typical visits are around 4 to 5 days and are ideal for groups of around 14 people although larger groups can be accommodated.
Experiences can be tailored to individual schools needs or curricular requirements. Depending on the length of your stay you can choose some or all of the following activities:
Yolŋu language - verbal and sign language
Gender roles and responsibilities
Kinship and moiety rules
Stories about the area and history of the region
Participating in traditional food gathering activities
Traditional craft activities such as painting, weaving
Participating in and learning traditional dance
Interacting with Yolŋu children in homeland schools
Participating in some sort of group project that will benefit the host community
spear making (boys)
how to find a Yidaki (didjeridu) tree (boys)
spear throwing coaching and practice (boys)
pandanus basket weaving (girls)
necklace craft (girls)
Yolŋu Culture workshop
Yolŋu Art workshop
Yolŋu language and sign language workshops
homeland/significant sites tour
bush tucker/medicine walk
Lirrwi Tourism can provide a complete service from booking administration to delivering the experience on the ground which includes transport, catering, accommodation and the cultural experience. This means that staff spend less organising and research time. All equipment is provided so that participants just arrive with just their basic clothing and travel items. With Lirrwi, educational institutions know that they are dealing with an accredited tour operator with the appropriate insurances and risk management policies in place.
- Price on application and is calculated based on group size and duration of tour.
- Airline seats into the region are limited so long range planning is highly recommended.
- NSW and Victoria school holidays (June and September) are very popular and are often booked out a long way in advance.
Group size: Minimum 10 and maximum 14 including supervising staff
Timing: Visits can be organised any time of the year, but the most popular period is between 1 May and 30 of September.
Duration: Suggest 4-5 days, but longer or shorter durations can be catered for
Getting there: Flying via Cairns or Darwin with Qantas is the preferred option. It is possible to drive in from Darwin from June onwards. Need make own arrangements for this and allow extra time.
Permits: These are required to visit these remote locations, these are handled by Lirrwi Tourism as part of the tour admin process.
Ground transport: Provided in custom made four-wheel drive vehicles with seat belts, radios and satellite phones. Drivers hold NT driver authorisation for this type of work.
Food: All meals are provided on tour by an appropriately trained cook as part of the Lirrwi support staff. Various dietary requirements are catered for.
Accommodation: Most situations involve camping. Lirrwi provides quality, spacious tents with stretchers and bedding. Some homelands have a designated guest house with beds provided.
Climate: May to September is commonly referred to as the Dry Season and features warm days and cool nights. Maximum 31 degrees to a minimum of 15 degrees.
Contact: There is no mobile phone coverage in homelands. Lirrwi carries satellite phones with each group and staff report to base each evening. Also there are landlines at each homeland which can be used to stay in touch.
Hazards: There are dangerous fauna in the region, in particular salt water crocodiles. Swimming is not permitted on these tours.
Medical: Lirrwi staff are trained in first aid. There is a well equipped and staffed hospital in Nhulunbuy and there is good remote medical evacuation experience and infrastructure in place in the region.
Our Track Record
Lirrwi Tourism has worked with the following school and university groups:
Geelong Grammar School
Scotch College (Melbourne)
Loreto Kirribilli (Sydney)
The Kings School (Sydney)
The Scots College (Sydney)
Flinders University Medical School
Ormond College (University of Melbourne)
Trinity College (University of Melbourne)
University of Melbourne Graduate Diploma of Education
Lirrwi Tourism is an accredited tourism business through the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program (ATAP). It operates TV (Tourism compliant) plated vehicles and has H Endorsed driver guides. Lirrwi staff and contractors must have NT Government ‘Ochre cards’ allowing them to work with children. Lirrwi has a comprehensive risk management strategy and policies in place.