Immerse yourself in Kakadu’s Indigenous culture at the Mayali Mulil Festival

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“Connect with our culture, our environment and our spirit” is the message of the Indigenous Traditional Owners of Kakadu’s Murumburr clan, who are inviting everyone to join with them and celebrate their country and culture during the annual Mayali Mulil Festival.

The Festival is held on Murumburr country, near Cooinda in Kakadu, just over three hours’ drive from Darwin.

Designed as a fully immersive experience, visitors will be able to camp under the stars and share in the world’s oldest living culture, in one of the Territory’s most unique and intimate festivals.

Mayali is an Aboriginal language group from the Kakadu West Arnhem plateau region. It is part of the Bininj Kunwok (Western Aboriginal languages). Mulil means many, in this case a large gathering of people. The name signifies people gathering and connecting under the umbrella of Mayali language and culture.

Totally interactive, festival goers will be able to learn how Kakadu’s Indigenous peoples interact with their land, take part in guided walks to discover bush tucker and medicinal plants, create implements for hunting, learn traditional weaving, appreciate Kakadu’s finest artists, and enjoy Kakadu musical grooves and dancing.

Ideal for all the family, this back-to-nature experience is one of the most authentic ways of appreciating the 65,000 years of Indigenous culture that makes Kakadu such a unique destination.

Festival goers can stay on-site at Kakadu Billabong Safari Camp in an eco-hut, or camp with a caravan, campervan or tent. Shower and toilet facilities are available.

Alternatively, hotel, glamping and campsite accommodation is available nearby at Cooinda (15 minutes’ drive) and at the famous Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel in Jabiru is 40 minutes’ drive away.

“Mayali Mulil is about bringing people together to talk about some of the issues, showcasing our culture and tradition. Visitors can come and participate, share, connect and form long-term friendships,” says Mandy Muir, the Festival Curator & Director of Mayali Mulil and Kakadu Billabong Safari Camp.

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