Art Tours

East Arnhem Land is well known for being home to many of Australia's most prized and accomplished artists. Visitors to the region are frequently overwhelmed by the selection of exquisitely beautiful and culturally distinct original arts and crafts available for browsing and purchase at art centres.

A visit to the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre in Yirrkala is a highlight for any visitor to the East Arnhem Land Region. It is one of the most important Indigenous art centres in Australia and includes an expansive gallery of Aboriginal art and artefacts, a fascinating museum and a theaterette featuring many films of the area. East Arnhem artists specialise in painting on bark as well as intricate pandanus weavings. The region is also considered to be the home of the Yidaki (commonly referred to as the didjeridu) and the centre displays and sells a wide variety of these artefacts. Of special interest at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka are the two four metre tall Yirrkala Church Panels (1962-3) that have been described as amongst the most important Australian art in existence.

Larrnggay Arts Centre Memorial Poles

Lirrwi Tourism also recommends visiting other Aboriginal art centres throughout Arnhem Land, including Elcho Arts Galiwinku, Milingimbi Art Centre, Gapuwiyak Art Centre and Bula Arts Ramingining located on the edge of the Arafura Swamp where the film ‘Ten Canoes’ was shot. Lirrwi Tourism can arrange a specialised air charter tour for you to visit any number of these art centres. Visitors can also incorporate cultural tours to Yolŋu homelands in addition to their art centre visits.

Tour Details
Tours are usually based on a minimum number of 2 people and a maximum of 7, smaller or larger groups can be catered for on request.

Tour includes:

  • air charters to remote communities to visit art centres
  • ground transport
  • cultural tour involving one homeland
  • local guides
  • all meals whilst on tour

You will be responsible for:

  • airfares from your home port to Nhulunbuy

  • transit accommodation where necessary in either Darwin or Nhulunbuy depending on which air route taken.