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Making music at Bawaka
Making music at Bawaka

“Australia is renowned for its ancient indigenous culture and its unique wildlife, those marvellous marsupials, reptiles, bats, and rainbow-hued birds and fish. The tropical north, where this journey takes us, is the continent’s richest wildlife area and a stronghold of Aboriginal community. These northern peoples gave Australia and the world the didgeridoo, and we will dance and sing with them to its haunting rhythms.

Saltwater Crocodile,
Saltwater Crocodile,
Kakadu
Eclectus Parrot meets tour group member, Mary Franklin
Eclectus Parrot meets tour group member, Mary Franklin

Jim Jim Falls
Bawaka Homeland
Bawaka Homeland

 

Our base is Darwin, the colourful, multi-ethnic city on the Arafura Sea that is Australia’s doorway to Southeast Asia. From here we undertake two expeditions.

The first is to remote Eastern Arnhem Land, where we observe how our Yolngu hosts reconcile modern technologies and social pressures with their moral obligation to “Look After Country,” a duty inherited from 50,000 years of ancestral occupation of this land. Their’s could be the world’s oldest living culture. On the Bawaka Aboriginal Homeland, we will be given a hands-on introduction to bush and seashore skills, traditional medicines, foods and cooking, and arts and crafts.


Aboriginal Rock Painting
Kakadu National Park

Dingoes, Arnhemland

The second expedition is to famed Kakadu National Park, which has earned World Heritage status with the amazing variety of its ecosystems, the wealth of its distinctive fauna and the antiquity of its natural galleries of Aboriginal rock paintings. Traditional guardians share in the management of the Park, and we will enjoy a full day with one of these Aboriginal Elders on her ancestral land.

"Ganuk, ngurrdi-nang ngardberre culture. Wanjih ngardberre gun-bolk ngarrdinahna.
“It is good you looked and felt our culture. Look after our country.”

Kookaburra

Kookaburra

Jabiru,

Jabiru,
Arnhemland

Galah

Galah

Jacana, Kakadu

Jacana,
Kakadu

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