Located 500 kilometres from the nearest city, describing Arnhem Land as ‘remote’ just doesn’t quite cut it.

After all, this is a land characterised by its pure unadulterated nature, a place where saltwater crocodiles and dugongs are regular locals, and home to nearly 17,000 mostly Indigenous Australians. It’s because of the gracious hospitality of Arnhem Land’s Aboriginal custodians that we have the privilege of discovering this dazzling land.

We travel to both East and West Arnhem Land to share the secret of an ancient way of life, an approach to the world that’s remained virtually unchanged for at least 60,000 years. Before you go, be aware that to experience this level of sustainable living, so completely in balance with nature, just might cause you to question how human life should really be lived.

Our trips in Arnhem Land

Highlights of Arnhem Land

1. Injalak Arts Centre

This Aboriginal-owned social enterprise showcases local indigenous art, including bark painting, basket weaving, and screen-printing. The centre supports more than 200 artists, generating livelihoods for many individuals and families in the community.

2. Mawurndaddja art site

Mawurndaddja is a spellbinding series of rock art galleries thought to be more than 18,000 years old. Join local guides to hear how these paintings were created and the cultural significance behind the images.

3. Traditional fishing, hunting, and gathering experiences

There’s no doubting the local inhabitants were a crafty bunch. Set off on a guided bushwalk and learn which plants are edible, which plants can heal and how Indigenous Australians lived off the land. Traditional methods of hunting and fishing have enabled the people of Arnhem Land to survive here without upsetting the delicate balance of nature.

4. Campfire stories, songs, and talks

Gather around the fire and get ready for fascinating stories, songs and talks about traditional society and kinship, as well as tales about the history and beliefs of the region.

5. Bark painting, jewellery making, and basket weaving

Join skilled craftspeople and see how striking jewellery and art is created using natural materials that are all sourced locally. Tiny shells are strung together to create jewellery, bark fibres are rolled to make weaving string, and ochre is painted onto bark using grass brushes.

6. Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre

Visit this Indigenous art centre that’s controlled and run by local community members. Collections of work include pieces illustrating clan law, message sticks, and the Yirrkala Church Panels. Tens of thousands of historical images and films are also on display.

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