Bawaka Experience2022-03-02T19:44:35+09:30

Come experience

Yolŋu culture

LEARN FROM CUSTODIANS OF ONE OF THE OLDEST LIVING CULTURES IN THE WORLD

Come experience

Yolŋu cutlure

LEARN FROM CUSTODIANS OF ONE OF THE OLDEST LIVING CULTURES IN THE WORLD

Gululu bukmak Bawakalili

(welcome everyone to Bawaka)

Our home, Bawaka homeland, is a small community located 55 kilometres from Nhulunbuy or approximately a one-hour drive. Bawaka homeland is on the East coast of East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory and has beautiful beaches and views looking out into the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Bawaka homeland is on the ancestral land of the Gumatj people, the Yunupiŋu the Burarrwaŋa and the Mununggurritj families. The Burarrwaŋa people are the custodians of the land and seas.

In our language (Yolŋu Matha) Bawaka means unknown heaven.

We have great respect, love and pride of our home. It lives within our mind, our heart and our soul. We carry the image of this land that you can see. Our land is our livelihood, without it, there would be emptiness. This is one of the reasons we are opening up our home and inviting you to experience our culture, our way of life and the significance of Bawaka.

We hope you enjoy our website and please come and visit us sometime.

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Bawaka experience

Experience Yolŋu culture in the heart of Arnhem Land.

Bawaka Experience offers you a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from custodians of the oldest living culture in the world.

Upon arrival to Bawaka, you will be met by senior leaders of Bawaka homeland where you will be welcomed to Country through a traditional ceremony involving buŋgul (dance ceremony) and smoking ceremony.

During your time at Bawaka, you will have a chance to partake in a number of cultural activities that are still practiced by homeland residents. These activities are heavily dependent on the weather conditions and time of year, but may include learning basic Yolŋu Matha, weaving, bush food and medicine, spear throwing, fishing and dancing.

No visit to Bawaka is complete without a visit to the famous Ŋalarrk (Lonely Beach), a short drive from Bawaka.

We look forward to welcoming you to Bawaka soon.

100% Aboriginal owned

Bawaka Aboriginal Corporation is proudly 100% Aboriginal owned and managed.

Community-based tourism

Bawaka Aboriginal Corporation is focussed on creatiing long lasting benefits for our community, through tourism. 

Two worlds learning

At Bawaka homeland we want to share our Yolŋu education with the world

Environmentally friendly practices

Bawaka homeland is 100% off grid. Electricity is generated by the sun and we seek to minimise our impact on the environment.

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tours

DAY TOUR (SELF-CATERED)

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2 NIGHT TOURS (SELF-CATERED)

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ORGANISED TOURS (ALL INCLUSIVE)

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MEET YOUR

new family

We will welcome you into our home with open arms.

Our community members will be your new family and we all have our own stories to share with you.

The Bawaka homeland community also comes together to help our tour leaders, creating a friendly and inclusive environment for you to enjoy your time with us.

Timmy Djawa Burarrwaŋa

Rita Wopurruwuy Gondarra

Diana Djawundil Maymuru

Theo Dimathaya Burarrwaŋa

Aaron Nalkuma Burarrwanga

Sasha Rriwandi Burarrwanga

STORIES

from the homeland

ARTICLES & STORIES

from the blog

The Bawaka weaving story

The Bawaka weaving story Told by Rita Wopurruwuy Gondarra I

Nike the bäru

Nike the bäru Nike the bäru (crocodile) lives at Bawaka homeland and is part of

The Bawaka gunda ‘rock’ story

The Bawaka gunda ‘rock’ story Told by Timmy Djawa Burarrwaŋa Come and experience our beautiful

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