East Arnhem Land Adventure

Trip Code: PLSA

Why we love it

Join us for a privileged adventure to East Arnhem Land. Be welcomed to Country by the Yolngu people and learn about their traditional methods of living, from hunting and gathering, to painting and weaving., Learn about gender roles and responsibilities, kinship and moiety, stories about the area and the history of the region., Sit around the campfire with East Arnhem Land’s Traditional Owners and listen to the stories and songs of their people., Travel to remote Dhambaliya (Bremer Island) and enjoy time to relax and soak up the remoteness of this beautiful oasis., Visit the Yirrkala community and its world-famous art gallery featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork.

Is this trip right for me?

East Arnhem Land remains the same rugged wilderness that the Yolngu people’s ancestors walked. Due to the remoteness of the location, accommodation is no-frills, with multi-share rooms and basic amenities and facilities. There’s little connection to the outside world, but this means you can really connect with the land.

The Yolngu people’s culture and history are incredibly important to them, and they want to share it with you. To be part of this is a privilege and requires sensitivity and patience towards guides, staff and your Yolngu staff.

Important information

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Please note that a single supplement is not available on this trip.

ALCOHOL
It is prohibited to take alcohol on this trip as much of East Arnhem Land is alcohol-free. There are licensed venues in Nhulunbuy where alcohol may be consumed on premise, however takeaway alcohol requires a permit from the NT Department of Justice.

COVID-TESTING
In order to protect the Indigenous communities that we visit on this trip, our local partners require that all travellers must provide a negative COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) before joining this trip. This test must be taken before boarding your flight to Gove. You are required to not travel if you test positive. Each participant will also need to bring three additional Rapid Antigen Tests with them for this trip and get tested as instructed. Please note that the Rapid Antigen Tests are to be supplied by you at your own expense. We don’t have any additional tests available on the ground, so please make sure you have these with you before you leave home. If you forget your tests, you will not be able to join your tour.

FLIGHTS
Currently Air North and Qantas code share the routes between Darwin and Gove, and Cairns and Gove. The cost for the flights is not included in this package. We recommend you book your flights well ahead of time.

What to bring/pack

LUGGAGE LIMIT
Due to limited vehicle space and strictly enforced road laws regarding weight limits, your main piece of luggage must be soft-sided and weigh no more than 15kg/33lb. You can also bring a day pack/bag to carry water, camera, sunscreen, etc when you’re exploring during the day.

We are unable to carry large suitcases, particularly hard/externally framed suitcases as they are difficult to store and can damage equipment and other travellers' belongings., Below are some essential items for this trip. Please review the ‘Climate and Seasonal Information’ to ensure you pack appropriately for the weather at the time of year you are travelling.

- Lightweight clothing. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing and layers. Long shirts and pants are useful to protect against the harsh Australian sun. Clothes should be easy to wash and dry.
- Comfortable, closed-in shoes. These will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grasslands and will act as a protective barrier in the rare case of a bite or sting. A pair of sandals or thongs/flip flops are great for the beach.
- Sun protection. Wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, sunglasses.

VALUABLES
Try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables and use your hotel safe. It’s also a good idea to purchase a money belt or pouch that is easily hidden. We strongly recommend that you photocopy all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, etc. and keep the copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a photocopy makes it much easier to obtain replacements if necessary.

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If you need some further tips for packing, you can always check out our ultimate packing list., https://www.intrepidtravel.com/packing-list, WATER BOTTLE
Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please use the water dispensers which are provided on some of our vehicles and at some of our accommodation. Your leader will advise whether tap water is safe to drink in your destination, if it is you can simply refill with tap water. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.

Physical rating

 
2

This trip can be enjoyed by just about anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Some trips may have individual inclusions that may be of a higher physical rating compared to the overall rating of the trip. Please read the day-to-day itinerary carefully to find out more details on each day's activities, and whether they are suitable for you. Activities can be opted out of if you don't want to participate.

Joining your group

Gove Airport, , Gove, AUSTRALIA

Joining instructions

We provide a Complimentary Arrival Transfer if you are arriving into Gove Airport (airport code GOV) on the day that the trip starts. Please provide your flight arrival details to your booking agent so we can arrange for you to be met at the airport. If you are arriving a day early please make your own way to:
Walkabout Lodge
12 Westal St
Nhulunbuy NT

Finishing your trip

Gove Airport, , Gove, AUSTRALIA

We provide a Complimentary Departure Transfer if you are departing from Gove Airport (airport code GOV) on the day the trip ends. Please provide your flight departure details to your booking agent so we can arrange for you to be transferred to the airport. If you are staying additional nights in Arnhem Land please make your own way back to the airport for your flight.

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 5

Lunches included: 4

Dinners included: 4

While travelling with us you'll have the opportunity to experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility.

Our emphasis is on fresh food wherever possible and our meals are nutritious and varied. We cater for vegetarian and gluten intolerance – please advise at time of booking so that arrangements can be made.

Climate & seasonal information

The Yolŋu of East Arnhem Land recognise six different seasons based on thousands of years of weather patterns detected across their country. The transitions between seasons are marked by subtle variations in the weather, the plants in flower, and the bush foods that are most abundant. You will learn more about the traditional seasons during your stay here.

The Northern Territory cyclone season officially commences on 1 November and runs through until 30 April each year. East Arnhem Land experiences year-round high temperatures, with December to February often reaching over 35°C. Take precautions against the sun all year round, such as wearing a hat, sunglasses and long-sleeves, using sunscreen, staying hydrated and in the shade during the heat of the day.

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the number below.

Intrepid's Local Operator: 08 8987 2828

Accommodations

The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline only and may change. On some occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our preferred accommodation. In these cases, we will use a similar standard of accommodation.

Throughout the trip, we request that our properties prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However, this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination or on some trips, have use of shared day rooms until all rooms are available.

This trip is conducted in remote areas with only basic facilities at times and limited communication links to the outside world. Accommodation is no-frills , with multi-share rooms and basic amenities and facilities.

When staying in the Bawaka Homelands you may be asked to help with the preparation of food, washing of dishes and general assistance as directed by the guides.

Transportation


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