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Yirrkala is a small Aboriginal community located in the Northern Territory of Australia, approximately 700km east of Darwin. It lies on the edge of the Arafura Sea, in the Arnhem Land region of the Top End.

Yirrkala was first established as a mission in 1935 by the Methodist Church of Australia. The mission was originally intended to provide a place of education and work for Aboriginal people, and to teach them Christianity. It wasn’t until 1971 that the community was handed over to the local Aboriginal people, and it has been under their control ever since.

Yirrkala is home to the Yolngu people, an Aboriginal group who have lived in the area for thousands of years. The Yolngu people have a rich culture and history, and their traditional lands are home to a variety of plants and animals, including the endangered flatback turtle.

The Yolngu people are also known for their art, which is often inspired by their traditional stories and beliefs. Yirrkala is home to the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, which houses a large collection of Aboriginal art and artifacts.

Yirrkala is also home to the Yirrkala Bark Petitions, which were presented to the Australian Government in 1963. The petitions were written on bark, and were a protest against the mining of bauxite on Yolngu land. The petitions are now seen as a significant milestone in the fight for Aboriginal rights, and are now housed in the National Museum of Australia.

The Yirrkala community is a vibrant and welcoming place, and is an important part of the Northern Territory’s history and culture. It is home to a variety of businesses, including a school, health clinic, and store. It is also an important cultural centre, and is home to a variety of festivals and events throughout the year.

Excursion tips for a day in Yirrkala

As a tourist in Yirrkala in Australia, there are many activities to enjoy in a day. Here are some ideas:

1. Visit the Yirrkala Church Panels, a series of bark paintings created in the 1950s to tell the story of the Yolngu people.

2. Take a guided tour of the Yirrkala Aboriginal Community, where you can learn about the area’s traditional culture and history.

3. Enjoy a bush-tucker experience, where you can sample traditional Aboriginal cuisine.

4. Go birdwatching at the nearby Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, which is home to a wide variety of bird species.

5. Take a guided tour of the nearby Nhulunbuy Town, where you can explore the town’s history and culture.

6. Spend the day on Yalangbara Beach, where you can swim in the crystal-clear waters and relax on the sand.

7. Explore the nearby Gove Peninsula, which is home to some of the most stunning landscapes in the region.

8. Take a guided tour of the nearby Milingimbi Island, where you can learn about the area’s traditional culture and history.

9. Visit the nearby Milingimbi Arts Centre, where you can purchase traditional Aboriginal art.

10. Spend the day fishing in the nearby waters, where you can catch a wide variety of fish.

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The climate in Yirrkala

Yirrkala in Australia experiences a tropical climate with hot and humid summers, warm winters and plenty of rainfall throughout the year. In summer (December to February) temperatures can reach up to 33°C and the humidity levels are high. During winter (June to August) temperatures range from 17-25°C and there is less humidity. The wet season (November to April) brings heavy rainfall, while the dry season (May to October) is much drier. Yirrkala experiences a tropical climate with hot, humid summers and warm, mild winters, and plenty of rain throughout the year.

Cruise weather for Yirrkala

Our weather forecast for Yirrkala helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 24.7 °C
min: 23.4 °C
32.4 m/s
34.9 m/s
61.9 %
24.1 m
62.7 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 24.6 °C
min: 23.6 °C
32.8 m/s
35.3 m/s
61.3 %
24.1 m
66.9 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 24.9 °C
min: 24.3 °C
34.6 m/s
37.1 m/s
50.9 %
24.1 m
72.3 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 25.1 °C
min: 24.2 °C
30.2 m/s
33.5 m/s
54.9 %
24.1 m
77.3 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 25.4 °C
min: 24.2 °C
23.8 m/s
27.0 m/s
66.3 %
23.9 m
83.3 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 25.5 °C
min: 24.9 °C
24.1 m/s
33.5 m/s
41.3 %
24.1 m
85.7 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 25.5 °C
min: 24.7 °C
31.3 m/s
34.2 m/s
89.5 %
24.1 m
82.3 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 25.0 °C
min: 24.2 °C
37.1 m/s
45.4 m/s
43.7 %
24.1 m
77.6 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 25.1 °C
min: 24.4 °C
31.3 m/s
36.0 m/s
68.8 %
22.7 m
78.2 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 25.1 °C
min: 24.5 °C
31.7 m/s
39.2 m/s
30.4 %
23.6 m
78.4 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 25.0 °C
min: 24.6 °C
33.1 m/s
43.2 m/s
81.3 %
24.1 m
76.7 %
1,014 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 25.1 °C
min: 24.4 °C
31.0 m/s
36.4 m/s
61.9 %
24.1 m
75.6 %
1,013 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 25.1 °C
min: 24.1 °C
31.3 m/s
41.8 m/s
72.1 %
24.1 m
70.4 %
1,013 hPa
Aug. 3rd 2024 Aug. 3rd 2024 max: 25.0 °C
min: 24.1 °C
28.1 m/s
33.1 m/s
44.5 %
24.1 m
67.8 %
1,014 hPa

Cruises to Yirrkala

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Scheduled ship calls in Yirrkala, Australia
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Sep. 14th 2024 Saturday, 14th of Sep. 2024 Silver Cloud Expedition 07:30 am 12:30 pm
Sep. 23rd 2024 Monday, 23rd of Sep. 2024 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 24th 2024 Tuesday, 24th of Dec. 2024 MS Europa 07:00 am 03:00 pm
Jun. 8th 2025 Sunday, 8th of Jun. 2025 Silver Cloud Expedition 06:30 am 06:30 pm
Oct. 15th 2025 Wednesday, 15th of Oct. 2025 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am

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