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Ancient Garlarr River Safari

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Nitmiluk

During this incredible cultural experience, at Nitmiluk Gorge in the Katherine region of the Northern Territory, Jawoyn tour guides share stories of their lives and carry on the legacy of their ancestors and their forefathers. Discover first-hand knowledge of the region and cultural traditions unique to the Jawoyn.

 

This 2.5 hour experience unites traditional Jawoyn Culture with Western understandings. Small groups of up to 8 persons will be accompanied through the first gorge by one of our River Guides and one of our Cultural Team Members, both sharing their contrasting knowledge from different perspectives throughout the tour. Once at the top of the first gorge, you will have the opportunity to disembark on a short walk (80m) to view ancient Jawoyn RockArt. You will also be taught traditional customs used in generations passed – some of which are still used today.

Insights into your experience

The Jawoyn tour guides share stories of their lives and carry on the legacy of their ancestors and their forefathers. Tour guests will discover first hand knowledge of the region and cultural traditions unique to these people.

This cruise takes in the stunning backdrop of the rainfed first gorge which is the longest gorge in the 13 gorge system. Enjoy small group touring where we have a maximum of 15 guests per tour. This makes for a more intimate and attentive tour.

The tours are run by our cultural team of staff who are local Jawoyn people and Aboriginal people from surrounding clans to the Jawoyn clan group. The Jawoyn tour guides share stories of their lives and carry on the legacy of their ancestors and their forefathers. Tour guests will discover first hand knowledge of the region and cultural traditions unique to these people.

Learn about the geology and geography of the gorge from the river guides. A second cultural guide will be on board to explain the local cultural history providing a unique insight into what Jawoyn life was like in the past. Discover the traditional names and uses for trees and plants distinct to this region. Find out how the Jawoyn have great respect for country and still practice many of their cultural traditions.

This relaxed pace cruise stops at the end of the first gorge to reveal Rock Art adorning the gorge cliff faces. A cultural interpretation of the Rock Art site reflects on the ingenuity and knowledge that represents thousands of years of learning and observation. Be prepared to hear stories of ancient traditions and sacred sites. See important artefacts including didgeridoos, painting and woven baskets. Interactive hands on opportunities such as spear throwing will ensure lasting memories. The cultural content you receive will depend on the gender of the guide. For example, male guides are not permitted to talk about basket weaving.

A level of mobility will be required to enable walks to the rock art site and the spectacular second gorge. Swimming is optional and depending on the time of year you might have to cross to the second gorge to swim in the abundant rock holes.

Inclusions

Aboriginal guide
Boat
Water

You should bring

Camera
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Walking shoes

Things to know

This is a 2.5 hour experience that departs at 12.30pm daily, May to October.

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Pick-up & Drop Off: Nitmiluk Boat Ramp, Nitmiluk National Park.

Notes:

  • Additional Cultural Tours available upon request. For information, please enquire now.
  • Itineraries include a swim opportunity and walking, although swimming is dependent on river levels. The level of walking varies between the itineraries.
  • Please advise at the time of booking if there are any special requirements regarding diets or mobility.
  • There are no change rooms once you have departed, it is recommended to wear your swimsuit under your clothes.
  • Boarding is 15 minutes prior to departure at the Nitmiluk Boat Jetty
  • Please allow 30 minutes travel time from the Township of Katherine.
  • All tours are subject to availability, minimum numbers, river levels and weather conditions.
  • Nitmiluk Garlarr Safari departs with a minimum of 4 Guests, and a maximum of 15 Guests.
  • Children: 5yrs (inclusive) and under = FOC / 6 – 15yrs (inclusive) = child rate / 16yrs (inclusive) and over = adult rate

Meeting point

The Nitmiluk Boat Ramp, Nitmiluk Tours. Please arrive 15 mins prior to departure time

Location

Gorge Road, Nitmiluk National Park. Located 30km from the township of Katherine, allow 30 minutes driving time.

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