East Arnhem Land

 Cultural Homeland Photography Tour


Lirrwi Tourism, in association with Lynn Gail Photography and Venture Photography Workshops invite you to a unique seven days, six nights all inclusive cultural and photographic expedition to East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory – September 14-20, 2015

‘The Needle’ at Nyinyikay


Aboriginal Elder

Join us on a tour that has all the makings of a genuine adventure in culture with visiting three unique Yolngu Homelands.  Not only will you participate in a variety of cultural programs and activities of each homeland, you will also cross a diversity of incredible landscapes.  This experience provides the opportunity for you to learn about the Aboriginal culture and spirituality, it also gives the Yolngu a platform to share their traditions which are some of the oldest known to mankind.  To be able to record these experiences photographically is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The Cultural Homeland Tour has a maximum group size of 10 so that we can make it a personal and intimate cultural adventure for you. Keeping the group small also gives you greater access to the experienced photographers guiding you on this tour – so that you can experience more 1-on-1 photographic support from Lynn and Seng.

Tour Highlights

  • Exploring and photographing stunning Arnhem Land landscapes
  • Visits to 3 separate Aboriginal homelands
  • Traditional dance activities/displays and participation in Yolngu culture
  • Experience traditional painting, weaving and basketry
  • Preparation and sharing of traditional foods
  • Spear-fishing activities
  • Mandupul (didgeridoo) playing
  • Aboriginal story telling and spirituality

What is included

  • All transport/4-wheel driving during the tour
  • All camping equipment and bedding supplied where needed
  • Yolngu driver and guide
  • All meals during tour
  • All permits to Yolngu homelands
  • Photographic tuition and guidance throughout tour

Aboriginal children waiting to board small plane.

What is excluded

  • Travel insurance
  • Airfares from your home town to Gove, Nhulunbuy
  • Transit accommodation

What you’ll need

  • All camera equipment
  • Tripod
  • Wide and telephoto lenses
  • Cable release
  • Filters (Circular Polariser and ND filters)
  • Spare batteries/memory cards

Basket weaving – many stories are woven into the layers of the basket.


  • Mosquito repellent
  • Small torch
  • Toileteries

Cost of tour:  $4,450.   We require a deposit of $890 to secure your place (non-refundable), $1780 by June 20, 2015, and remaining $1780 by July 17, 2015.  Payments can be made by cheque, direct deposit or Paypal* (*Paypal attracts a 2.5% surcharge)  Please contact Lynn Gail for details at thegails@iprimus.com.au or M: 0422 427 161 or by using the form below.  A detailed itinerary on the homelands tour will be provided closer to the departure date.

Young Aboriginal girl wearing necklace from bush beads.