Watjan On Country Tag Along Tour

3 Days & 2 Nights
Katherine region, Northern Territory
Cultural Immersion
April to October
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Joe (Dingo) Parry, Lucy Carlingung and family invite you to join them for an adventure on their Traditional Lands, west of Daly River in the Northern Territory. Watjan Tours offers customised tag-along tours on their beautiful country, including the Wadeye community, located 3-4 hours’ drive south-west of Darwin. Come and experience cultural tourism, including traditional Aboriginal ways of life, and learn fascinating local history from your friendly and knowledgeable guides. Discover the natural beauty of our lands with vast wildlife and a wide diversity of habitat, including rivers, billabongs, sprawling wetlands and seemingly endless open plains.

Location

Watjan Tours has a tourism license for 80,000 acres of land stretching throughout the Daly River region.

What to expect

Watjan Tours are self-drive and self-catered. We lead and you follow.

We’re flexible on the itinerary, let us know what interests you and we can come up with a plan. Then pack your 4WD with everything you need for a BYO trip in the bush and let’s go!

We can't wait to make you feel warmly welcome on our lands. You may meet some of our family members too, sometimes we have sons or daughters with us, and quite often we have a grandchild or two, or a niece or nephew. That’s because we are a family that believes the future is with the young people. When we are showing you our culture and traditional ways, we are also preserving our history by teaching the future carers of the lands, as well as showing them how to share our heritage with others. We are looking forward to your visit.

The details:
Self-drive-4WD vehicle essential
Self-catered
Campsite accommodation
Maximum 2 guest vehicles per tour

itinerary and activities:
We’re flexible with the itinerary and can customise it to suit you.
We can plan trips for a minimum 2 nights/ 3 days and a maximum 4 nights / 5 days

Experiences can include:

  • Welcome to Country Ceremony
  • Traditional Dancing
  • Fishing (catch and release)
  • Bush tucker
  • Hunting and preparing food for a meal (fresh skinned wallaby)
  • Birdwatching
  • Wildlife spotting
  • Swimming

Accommodation:

You can pitch your tent at our base camp, where you'll find hot showers and composting toilets.

If you would prefer to spend your nights in a more traditional bush camp, alongside a watering hole with bucket showers and bush toilets, we can make that happen too.

We can also access local tourist parks for caravan and cabin accommodation if desired.

What is included

Watjan Tag along tours are available throughout the dry season. Wet season tours can be arranged on request.

Tours depart from the Woodiculpidia community, 3-4 hours’ drive south-west of Darwin.

Cost includes:

  • Permits to explore the country
  • Aboriginal Guide
  • Flexible itinerary

*Please be advised guests are not allowed to bring their own alcoholic beverages.

Services:
There is a landline telephone at our base camp, but no mobile phone service west of Daly River.
A bush airstrip is located at Yantjarrwu Outstation.

Cultural Protocols:
Please be mindful when choosing your clothing as you will enter some very sacred sites where skirts or singlets might offend the Traditional Owners.

Meeting point

Due to being a tag along tour, we will discuss the meeting point with each guest individually.

What to bring

  • Your own 4WD
  • All camping gear - such as tent/swag, cooking equipment, plates/cups/cutlery, torch, etc
  • All food and drinks for the duration of your stay
  • Drinking water
  • Spare clothes
  • Toiletries and any personal medicines
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Walking shoes

Cultural consideration

Cultural Protocols:
Please be mindful when choosing your clothing as you will enter some very sacred sites where skirts or singlets might offend the Traditional Owners.

YOUR EXPERIENCE PROVIDER

Watjan Guided Tours

Joe (Dingo) Parry, Lucy Carlingung and family invite you to join them for an adventure on their Traditional Lands, stretching across 80,000 acres, west of Daly River in the Northern Territory. Watjan Tours offers customised tag-along tours on their beautiful Country, including the Wadeye community, located 3-4 hours’ drive south-west of Darwin. Come and experience cultural tourism, including traditional Aboriginal ways of life, and learn fascinating local history from your friendly and knowledgeable guides.

Discover the natural beauty of our lands, and those of our neighbours too, if you wish. There is plenty to see and do from diverse wildlife and a wide variety of habitats, including rivers, billabongs, sprawling wetlands and seemingly endless open plains. Watjan Tours are self-drive and self-catered. We lead and you follow. We operate during the wet season and we’re flexible on the itinerary, let us know what interests you and we can come up with a plan. Then pack your 4WD with everything you need for a BYO trip in the bush and let’s go!

Ready for an experience you won't forget?