Bawaka Experience2024-03-06T11:32:03+09:30

Come experience


Come experience

Yolŋu culture

Gululu bukmak Bawakalili

Welcome everyone to Bawaka

Bawaka now offers many options to experience this internationally acclaimed heavenly place named by the Macassan traders well before Captain James Cook “discovered” Australia. It means Unknown Heaven in their language, and today, there are many reminders of their centuries-old trading relationship with the Yolngu Burarrwanga family at Bawaka.

Bawaka is located 55 kilometres from Nhulunbuy, approximately a one-hour drive on the shores of Port Bradshaw, on the Gove Peninsula in Eastern Arnhem Land.

You can book a Visit to Bawaka and enjoy the extensive pearly white sand, azure blue water, great sunsets, and exceptional wildlife sitings for the day. While here, book a tour of the famous NT Lonely Beach. Or book a relaxing, picturesque beachfront cabin accommodation or campsite stay for a while.

Bawaka also offers the world-famous life-changing Bawaka Cultural Experience on weekends only. Or at other times for large corporations, colleges, or other private groups through special bookings.

Bawaka is changing its business model to allow the Burarrwanga family to be more in control of their business. As part of that, we are in the middle of setting up a new Online booking system.

So please see the information under TOURS if you want to book a “Visit to Bawaka”, book Cabin Accommodation, Camp or Visit Lonely Beach or organise a Cultural Experience.

Special Bawaka Cultural Experience

These Special Bawaka Cultural Experience require special booking and are not part of the daily Visits or standard Accomodation stays.

Special Bawaka Cultural Experiances

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.

See TOURS above for Packages and Prices

Please make booking by phone or email

Bawaka wants to hear from large corporate groups or colleges who want a special cultural experience. Please get in touch with us and organise an experience that will change your life.

Tours and visits can be booked by phone 8am to 5pm AEST. Or email us at As the Bawaka team is currently working on a number of things for the future, we appreciate your patience with us at this time.

To book by phone 0457458543


Email inquire to


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


from the homeland


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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