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Tiwi Aboriginal Cultural Experience by Ferry

  • Tiwi Lady

    Tiwi Lady

  • Weaving


  • Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Cultural Experience

    Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Cultural Experience

  • Bathurst Island

    Bathurst Island

  • Pukamani / Burial Poles

    Pukamani / Burial Poles

Tour codes: TFER

Prices From


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concession ? Prices above are for departures between 1 April 2018 - 15 December 2018


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).

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.

Morning Tea with the Tiwi Ladies

At morning tea, enjoy billy tea and damper while we spend time with some friendly Tiwi Ladies as 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 these rituals.

Included Meals: Morning tea

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 3pm.

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.
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Departs:   Apr-Nov:
Mon, Tue & Wed 7.00am check in for 8.00 am departure
7 Murphy Road, Fly Tiwi Terminal, Darwin General Aviation section of Darwin Airport, Marrara

Returns:   5.30pm approximately

Full Day Tour

Approximately 10 hours


Thu & Fri
(Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov)
Mon, Thu & Fri
(Jun, Jul, Aug)
7:30am check-in for 8:00am departure
Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal, Darwin


Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal, 5.30pm approximately

Alternative Touring Option

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

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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)
  • Light lunch (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.


Tour (TFER)

Base Tour
Adult ?
Child ?
Concession ?

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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