East Arnhem & Cairns Rainforest Adventure



per person
Duration: 8 Nights
Destination: Australia
Region: Australia
Deal Code: PAM33HP




In the farthest reaches of remote Northern Australia lies East Arnhem Land. This vast and rugged wilderness is where the Yolngu people have lived for millennia. Today you’ll still find clans fishing, sailing and enjoying the homeland of their ancestors. Discover this beautiful stretch of traditional land in the Bawaka Homeland, and learn how to hunt and gather, paint, weave, and hear stories of the area and history of the region, all under the guidance of Yolngu leaders. Then depart the mainland for nearby Dhambaliya (Bremer Island) and feel like castaways marooned on this spectacular oasis, devoid of human development and interference. Don’t pass up this unique opportunity to witness the close cultural connection between the land and The First Peoples of Australia, the oldest civilization on Earth.

Your holiday package includes:


  • Return economy class flight to Gove with a stopover in Cairns
  • 3 nights accommodation in Palm Cove
  • 3 day car hire of a Suzuki Swift or similar, Cairns airport return
  • Day to Night Rainforest and Wildlife Tour
  • 6 day East Arnhem Land Adventure
  • Includes 2 nights in hotels, 2 in a bunkhouse and 1 in a beach bungalow
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Transport by private vehicle and speedboat
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Gove


Included East Arnhem Land Adventure Activities:


  • Bawaka Homeland - Welcome to Country Traditional Smoking Ceremony
  • Bawaka Homeland - Lonely Beach
  • Yirrkala - Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre
  • Bawaka Homeland - Yolngu Cultural Class
  • Bawaka Homeland - Yolngu Cultural Activities
  • Bawaka Homeland - Yolngu Music & Story Telling around the Campfire
  • Bremer Island - Speed Boat Trip



***Rate based on twin share for travel 18 to 26 April 2023***


***Alternative dates available, a surcharge may apply***



Palm Cove: Day to Night Rainforest and Wildlife Tour
Visit the scenic Atherton Tablelands, rich in bio diversity, an area that features a range of habitats including lush tropical rainforest and volcanic crater lakes. Enjoy an Afternoon Tea at the world renowned, Lake Barrine. During our adventure by day we may see the Musky Rat Kangaroo, Boyds Forest Dragon, a selection of rainforest birds, butterflies and Flying Foxes. At dusk we venture to the viewing area by the river to search for the Platypus, one of the most unique mammals on earth. After dinner at a local country restaurant, our night time spotlighting adventure begins. As we walk under the night stars, and into the World Heritage Rainforest, we may be lucky enough to spot a Lumholtzs Tree Kangaroo, Northern Leaf Tailed Gecko, Ringtail Possums, gliders, frogs, owls and more (most are endemic to the region). Every night is full of discoveries. Later, on the trip home, we can reflect on what we have seen, and return with an increased appreciation of Australian Wildlife and the World Heritage Rainforests of North Queensland.



East Arnhem Land Adventure


Day 1: Gove > Nhulunbuy
Welcome to your East Arnhem Land adventure. After you land at Gove airport, you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your accommodation in the town of Nhulunbuy. Take some time to relax before a Welcome Meeting at 6:30 pm this evening, where you’ll meet your fellow travellers and your guide will provide an overview of the upcoming days. The rest of the evening is free – maybe get your new friends together for a first group dinner in the hotel, or in one of the restaurants here in Nhulunbuy.


Day 2: Yirrkala > Bawaka Homeland
After breakfast this morning head for the community of Yirrkala for a visit to its world-famous art gallery. The Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre presents artworks created by men and women of the many Aboriginal groups in the area, with paintings, sculptures, wood crafts, and cross-hatching techniques on display. You can also see bark petitions which symbolise the beginning of the Indigenous Lands Rights movement. There is also an opportunity to learn about how this establishment serves as a learning centre for the local children of the surrounding communities, and only if you wish, to purchase unique artwork from the gallery. Afterwards head south to the eastern edge of East Arnhem Land and Bawaka Homeland, which looks out into the Gulf of Carpentaria. Enjoy a packed lunch at Lonely Beach. Then you’ll be greeted with a traditional smoking ceremony Welcome to Country and general orientation to the homeland. A family elder will lead a Yolngu cultural class, sharing and telling the story of the homeland. Over the next two days, enjoy cultural activities with the Bawaka traditional owners. At the end of each day, sit with the traditional owners around the fire and make the most of this unique opportunity to learn about their culture, to hear the songs, music and stories of the land.


Day 3: Bawaka Homeland
Today is a full day for you to enjoy the area and a variety of Bawaka cultural activities. These could include making spears and Yidaki (Didgeridoos) for men, collecting materials and dyes for weaving, or creating necklaces and other jewellery from locally gathered shells and seeds. There will also be an opportunity to witness the hunting and gathering methods that have fed the Yolngu for generations, and to try some of the food that has been caught or collected, like mud crabs or bush honey. You might also learn about bush medicine, the Yolngu kinship system and language, and how the Yolngu people lived on their traditional lands. In the evening sit around the fire for more story telling.


Day 4: Bawaka Homeland > Bremer Island
Make the most of your last morning here in Bawaka with any cultural activities you haven’t had the chance to participate in yet. Then it’s time to say farewell to your Yolngu hosts and make your way to the Nhulunbuy jetty. From here you’ll jump in a speedboat for the trip across to Dhambaliya (Bremer Island) (approximately 1 hour). You’ll be staying in an eco-sensitive beach retreat built in partnership with the Yolgnu people at the northern tip of the island. This is glamping right next to world-class beaches in rooms that overlook the sand, with decks from which to watch the sun disappear behind the ocean and a pool overlooking the Arafura Sea. The day is free for a number of activities or simply relaxing. Perhaps set out on one of the many walking trails through the dunes and along untouched beaches, or you may even have the privilege of seeing turtles nesting if the time of year is right. Of the six species in the world, four of these lay their eggs right here. If this is sounding too active to you, then just sit back, relax, and experience the remote solitude and a chance to recharge, or take advantage of the library available with an array of Arnhem Land and Macassan history books available.


Day 5: Bremer Island > Nhulunbuy
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at this calm waterside retreat and relax some more this morning. Alternatively use the cool part of the morning for some more bush walking. There are four marked walking trails on Bremer Island ranging from one kilometre to five kilometres in length. The trails take you through sand dunes and along the untouched beaches of the island. There are several view points along the trails showcasing spectacular views of the Arafura Sea and Gulf of Carpentaria. In the early afternoon catch a boat back to the mainland. Check back into your accommodation in Nhulunbuy and enjoy dinner together with the group. Then it’s time to meet up with your guides again and share stories of your stay at Bawaka and Bremer Island.


Day 6: Nhulunbuy > Gove
After a final breakfast at your lodge, your adventure comes to an end. Transfer to Gove airport for your farewell to East Arnhem Land and your outbound flight.




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Prices listed are per person in Australian/New Zealand Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 25 July 2022 and can be withdrawn without notice. Cabin categories include prepaid government fees and port taxes unless otherwise stated. Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Hotel location and inclusions may vary depending on availability and alternative dates of travel. Visas are not included. Airfares are based on economy class flights from Sydney and are subject to the carriers’ flight schedules and conditions, please call us for prices from other cities. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.