people of north-east Arnhem Land, collectively know as Yolηu, have
roamed the area for at least 60,000 years, hunting fish and bush animals
as well as collecting seasonal bush food.
traditional beliefs, the landscape of the region and its inhabitants
were brought into being during the travels of the Creator ancestors long
ago. As the ancestors travelled the land, naming and creating as
they went, they left people behind and gave them the knowledge they
needed to survive and look after what had been named. This
knowledge finds its expression in everyday life; and through the
performance of ceremonies, the past is recreated. The ritual
designs painted on bodies, together with songs and dances, retell the
journey and deeds of the totemic ancestors.
is the cultural home of the Digeridoo (the proper name is the Yidaki).
The responsibility for this culture rests with one man.
a remarkable man and the master of both making and playing this ancient
instrument. Seven day
masterclass conducted annually.
Buku-Larrηgay Mulka Art Centre
located at the Yirrkala community
and Galupa Arts on the
shores of Melville Bay, for art from north-east Arnhem Land where local artists allow
visitors to see the art in the making.
Immerse yourself in the traditional ways by visiting one of the
women's program or
the Tourism Hub for further information or
PERMIT TO ENTER INDIGENOUS LAND
Arnhem Land is Indigenous Land and we ask that all visitors respect the
wishes and privacy of the Indigenous people. Permits are required to enter certain areas.
Guests arriving by air do not require permits to stay at the Lodge or
move about with the Town Lease areas.
To visit beaches and designated recreation areas,
a permit is required from the
Land Management Aboriginal Corporation
(The cost is approximately $20 per
adult for a 7 day permit, the shortest permit available). The
revenue raised through permits contributes towards the
cost of maintaining the access roads to all the designated recreation
areas such as Cape Arnhem, Turtle Beach, Macassan
Beach and Daliwuy Bay.
Separate permits must be obtained from Yirrkala Council to visit the boat ramp, Shady Beach
& Rocky Bay Beach .
To travel the Central Arnhem Road from Katherine
via Bulman to Nhulunbuy requires a permit in advance from the
Northern Land Council.
Alcohol restrictions apply
throughout this region. Permits are required to consume alcohol
outside licensed premises.
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