Walking the Yolngu Road
Rrarrandharr “Dry Season” walk
Sept 17 to 25 2016
Mata Mata to Elizabeth Bay/Cape Wilberforce
Hosted by Batumbil Burarrwanga and family
Australian Wilderness Training
* Batumbil Burarrwanga is walking to visit her fathers grave site at Elizabeth Bay in September. She will be surveying her lands and teaching young people about the “yolngu road” she treked with her family when she was young.
* The path to Elizabeth Bay follows the footsteps of one of the sacred ancestral dogs of the region to the place that he still sits today guarding the land and sea at Cape Wilberforce.
* The walk is to teach young Yolngu people about their country as well as invited non-Yolngu guests.
* The walk partly follows the trail of the legendary lost children Ian and James Gurruwiwi who will also be accompanying us on the walk. As very young children Ian and James survived on their own in the region for a week or more - this is still the stuff of legend. Living off the land will be the order of the day for all walkers.
* The walk has never been done before by non-Yolngu people.