Women's Tour - Gay'wu (Dillybag) - 5 Day (2022)

From AUD AU$2,399.00
  • Duration: 5 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Yirrkala, NT
  • Product code: WTGD5D


2022 tour dates out now!!

The dilly bag is a powerful and important cultural symbol in Arnhem Land, where it was first created thousands of years ago. Woven with dyed pandanus leaves, the dilly bag has both a practical and a spiritual meaning  The practicality of holding  foods and medicines gathered from the bush. The spiritual meaning of the dilly bag has given rise to the name of this tour, as it  is also used to carry knowledge. The women of Arnhem Land wish to open their hearts to visitors and share the knowledge that have acquired over many thousands of years . Knowledge of the bush, the ancestors, the sky and the universe.

This tour is for women and girls only. In the modern western world this could be seen as sexism, but in the Yolŋu world there are clearly defined roles and activities undertaken exclusively by women and men. These roles have mutual respect , and many  activities , such as dancing and eating are undertaken together.

The Yolŋu often say the land is their mother. It nurtures, heals and guides their lives. This is why the female visitor experience and connection to Yolŋu people is often so profound. The Gay’wu women’s tour provide female visitors with the opportunity to come together with their Yolŋu sisterhood and learn about their culture, history and country. Equally it is an opportunity to reconnect with every aspect of their own lives – environment, spirituality, and philosophy.

You will experience many extraordinary  things on this tour, and time spent with the Yolŋu women is often described “life-changing”. You will learn about and experience  Yolŋu philosophy and kinship, weaving, painting, astrology, healing ceremony, crying ceremony  (Nathi), cooking and bush medicine, dancing, gathering oysters or mud crabs and much more. Specific activities will vary according to the season and availability of materials.

During your tour, you will visit the remarkable art centre in Yirrkala - Buku-Larrnggay here you will see beautiful local works of art painted on bark, Larrakitj (ceremonial poles), woven baskets, jewelery and much more. Buku also has am extraordinary collection of historical material and is regarded as one of the best Aboriginal Art centres in Australia.

Tour Details

This is a remote travel experience with set departure dates. This 5 day - 4 night experience departing Nhulunbuy. For a detailed itinerary, please contact tours@lirrwitourism.com.au.

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Group Size

Minimum group size is 6 and a maximum group size of 18. Smaller or larger groups can be catered for on request however prices may differ.

Should the minimum group size not be reached, we will contact you with an offer of a change of date or tour, or to refund your tour fees.


Three nights will be spent at a Yolŋu Homeland with simple indoor or outdoor accommodation. Shared bunkhouse or shared large tent.

The fourth night is spent in a motel in Nhulunbuy. Single supplement is only available for the fourth night.

Tour Price

The tour price is $2,399 per person twin share subject to a minimum of 6 participants. Children 4~14 $1,999.

Cost includes:

  • all transport in the East Arnhem Region including airport transfers and ground touring
  • all meals whilst on tour
  • cultural experiences on Yolŋu homelands
  • all camping equipment and bedding supplied
  • Yolŋu driver and guide

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.


Cancel any time, for any reason, up to 30 days prior to tour date, for a full refund of your deposit.