Day tour2022-03-15T15:19:34+09:30

Bawaka Day Tour


Experience one of the oldest living cultures in the world as we welcome you into our traditional homeland in one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Australia. Learn about our ancient traditions and customs as we share our stories, beliefs, ceremonies and culture.

You will be welcomed to Bawaka homeland with a welcome ceremony by the community with traditional buŋgul (dance ceremony) and smoking ceremony.

Learn from our leaders about our culture and live a day in the life of our people by taking part in cultural activities such as spearfishing and weaving.

No visit to Bawaka is complete without experiencing the beauty of Ŋalarrk (Lonely Beach).


This tour runs on select dates from May through to October each year.


$330 per Adult (14 and above)

$220 per Child (4-13 years)

Free for children (0-3 years old)

All prices include GST

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  • Welcome to Country ceremony
  • Introduction to Yolngu culture (stories, traditional dance, introduction to Yolngu language and kinship system)
  • Access to visit Lonely beach
  • One or more of the following cultural activities (subject to weather conditions and seasonal variation). Activities may include:
    • fishing
    • weaving
    • exploring the bush and learning about bush medicines and or bush foods
    • there may also be some ceremonies if/when suitable such as a smoking ceremony, or healing ceremony.
What to bring on tour?2022-03-01T12:15:25+09:30
  • Sun protection – sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, etc.
  • Sneakers/walking shoes.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Drinking water – water is available in the community, however, ensure you have enough for the duration of your trip.
  • Food to be self-sufficient:
    • lunch
    • snacks
  • If you intend to swim, bring bathers/something to swim in. Women are recommended to pack swimwear that covers their shoulders and their knees to be respectful of Yolŋu customs. Swimming is undertaken at your own risk.
  • Satellite phone is recommended. A public phone is available at Bawaka. No mobile coverage is patchy and unreliable Bawaka Homeland.

You must supply your own rapid antigen test to meet our COVID-19 safety policy. Rapid antigen tests are available for purchase in Nhulunbuy at Woolworths and Amcal.

COVID-19 Safety2022-03-01T11:49:06+09:30

All visitors to the homeland must be double vaccinated, allowances will be made for children under 12 and people with medical exemptions.

All tour participants are required to undertake a rapid antigen test on the day of the tour and prior to departure. Photographic evidence of the negative test result along with the packaging serial number must be provided to your hosts upon arrival. Allowances will be made for children under 12 and people with medical exemptions.

Cancellation policy2022-03-01T10:48:21+09:30

Cancellation by the traveller

If you cancel some or all portions of your booking cancellation fees may apply. A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation.
If you cancel a tour:
(a) 28 days or more prior to departure, we will hold 100% of monies paid by you in connection with the booking as credit; or
(b) 27 days or fewer prior to departure:
we will hold 50% of the monies paid by you in connection with the booking as a credit and retain the remaining 50% of monies paid by you in connection with your booking; or
if the cancellation is due to you having COVID-19/ “flu-like symptoms”, supported by a medical certificate, we will hold 100% of monies paid by you in connection with the booking as credit.

Cancellation by us

We may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure.
If we cancel your trip due to reasons other than a force majeure event you will receive a full refund.
If we cancel your trip due to a force majeure event you will receive 100% credit to use for a future trip or a refund, less unrecoverable costs.
All credits will be valid for 12 months from the original travel date of the booking. If the alternative options are unavailable or unacceptable, we will refund the payment for the unused balance of your stay in full.

COVID-19 pandemic refund policy

If Northern Territory Chief Health Officer directions impact the operations of Bawaka Experience and due to these directions, we are unable to operate as usual, we will issue you a full refund (minus any applicable bank charges or credit card fees).

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