Tiwi Aboriginal Cultural Experience by Ferry
Ferry Crossing to Bathurst Island
Today you’re up early to get started on a day that you’ll long remember. Make your own way to Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal to board your ferry – the “Pacific Cat” and after a 2 hour cruise you’ll arrive at Bathurst Island. Upon arrival at the Aboriginal community of Nguiu on Bathurst Island you will meet your Local Guide who will take you on a journey through the progressive, modern day Aboriginal community of Nguiu (Wurrumiyanga).
Morning Tea with the Tiwi Ladies
At morning tea you can enjoy billy tea and damper whilst we spend time with some Tiwi Ladies while they work on their weaving and painting. Your guides and the ladies will also demonstrate their totem dances and perform a smoking ceremony to bless their visitors and explain the meanings behind them.
Included Meals: Morning tea
First you will visit the museum with its interesting displays of traditional art and depictions of the Tiwi ‘dreamtime’ stories and Early Mission Precinct with its unique Tiwi style Catholic Church. Your guide will tell you about the colourful history of the early mission days and learn how the Tiwi people have blended their culture with Christianity.
Arts and crafts co-operatives
You will also be taken through the world renowned Tiwi arts and crafts co-operatives and see where the artists work and possibly see some of them at work. You also have the opportunity to purchase Tiwi arts and crafts and screen-printed fabric at Island prices.
Lookout and burial site
Stop at a picturesque lookout, which is the setting of a Tiwi burial site where we can learn some of the complex rituals associated with the Pukamani Poles (burial poles). Your guide will also share their knowledge about traditional bush tucker, bush medicine and the natural fibres and dyes used by the Tiwi people. Return back to the ferry landing to re-board your vessel, departing Bathurst Island for Darwin at 3 pm.
Please note: Lunch can be purchased back on board the vessel after your morning touring on the island.
Alternative Touring Option
Tiwi Aboriginal Cultural Experience by Air
Take a 30 minute scenic flight to Bathurst Island for more time on the island including a relaxing picnic lunch by a local waterhole. Enjoy an Aboriginal cultural experience rarely viewed by outsiders. It will put a smile on your face and leave you with lasting memories.
View the air option.
Mon, Tue & Wed 7.00am check in for 8.00 am departure
from 7 Murphy Road, Fly Tiwi Terminal, Darwin General Aviation section of Darwin Airport, Marrara
Full Day Tour
Approximately 10 hours
May, Oct & Nov: Thu & Fri
Jun, Jul & Aug: Mon, Thu & Fri
8.00am (7.30am check-in) from Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal, Darwin
to Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal
Alternative Touring Option
Transport by Air option operates Mon, Tue & Wed
(excluding Public Holidays)
Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
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- Return ferry to Bathurst Island
- Morning tea (1)
- Experienced Driver Guide
(at Bathurst Island)
- Comprehensive commentary
- Travel in an air-conditioned vehicle (at Bathurst Island)
What to bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
- Water bottle to hold 1 litre
- Jacket in cooler months
- Small soft bag (no suitcases please)
Low level of fitness required. Small amount of walking.
Free hotel pick-ups
Hotel pick-ups are available free of charge if you do not wish to meet at the main departure point. Hotel pick up times vary so please use the tool below to find your hotel and pick up time. Hotel pick-ups must be requested with your booking.
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