Indigenous Culture

Indigenous Culture & Arts

With the Yolngu people maintaining the world’s oldest continuous living culture including traditional language and dialects, East Arnhem offers a unique opportunity for cross-cultural exchange and access to extraordinary and diverse Aboriginal experiences.

There are a number of Yolngu tourism products on offer, including homelands tours, yidaki (didgeridoo) lessons and cultural education events. The Garma festival is Australia’s premiere cross-cultural event and takes place in August each year at the important site of Gulkula, 30 minutes by road from Nhulunbuy.

Contemporary Yolngu art is available in the form of milkwood carvings (unique to this region), bark paintings, screen prints, woven baskets and mats. Some of the best examples of traditional and modern Aboriginal art can be found at one of Australia’s most renowned community-based traditional Aboriginal art museums at Yirrkala, as well as centres in Gapuwiyak, Ramingining, Milingimbi and Galiwin’ku.