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Tiwi Aboriginal Cultural Experience by Ferry

  • Tiwi Lady

    Tiwi Lady

  • Weaving

    Weaving

  • Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Cultural Experience

    Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Cultural Experience

  • Bathurst Island

    Bathurst Island

  • Pukamani / Burial Poles

    Pukamani / Burial Poles

Tour codes: TFER

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Itinerary

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

The Museum

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 Toruing 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.

Departs:   Apr-Nov:
Tue & Wed 7.00am check in for 8.00 am departure
from 7 Murphy Road, General Aviation Airport, Marrara

Returns:   5.45pm approximately




Full Day Tour

Approximately 10 hours

Departs

May, Oct & Nov: Thu & Fri
Jun, Jul & Aug: Mon, Thu & Fri
8.00am (7.30am check-in) from Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal, Darwin

Returns

5.45pm approximately
to Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal


Alternative Touring Option

Transport by Air option operates Mon, Tue & Wed
(excluding Public Holidays)

View the Air option

 

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Inclusions

  • 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
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months
  • Small soft bag (no suitcases please)

Fitness requirement

Low level of fitness required. Small amount of walking.

Prices

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Base tour price includes return ferry transport to Bathurst Island.

Prices above may vary according to your departure date.



Please Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may be subject to change.

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