Tiwi Aboriginal Cultural Experience by Ferry

Full Day Tour | Darwin Return

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Adult i A person 16 years and over (note a person 16–17 years must be accompanied by a person 18 years and over).


Child i A child must be accompanied by a person 18 years+. Some tours have min. age requirement


Concession i A holder of a valid concession card.

Duration Full Day Tour

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Tiwi Aboriginal Cultural Experience by Ferry

Full Day Tour | Darwin Return

Enjoy an Aboriginal cultural experience on the Tiwi Islands. Travel by Ferry and learn about the Tiwi people’s unique and rich culture as they introduce you to their traditional art displays and ceremonies. Enjoy discovering their interesting rituals.


Thu & Fri
(Apr-May, Sep-Nov)
Mon, Thu & Fri
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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  • Return ferry to Bathurst Island
  • Morning tea (1)
  • Light lunch (1)
  • Experienced Driver Guide (at Bathurst Island)
  • Comprehensive commentary
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit a modern-day Aboriginal community. It will provide you with an insight into the Tiwi people’s rich culture and lifestyle. The tour will reveal scenes seldom seen by many outsiders and will leave you with a lifetime memory. Many cities are blessed with island destinations close by, but only Darwin has the Tiwi Islands.

  • Board your ferry and after a 2.5 hour cruise you’ll arrive at Bathurst Island
  • You’ll be met by your local guide and taken on a journey through the Tiwi Aboriginal community of Nguiu
  • Enjoy morning tea and damper with some Tiwi ladies, as they work on their weaving and painting
  • Your guides and the ladies will demonstrate totemic dances and perform a smoking ceremony to welcome their guests
  • Visit the Tiwi Museum and Early Mission Precinct with its unique Tiwi style Catholic Church
  • At the Tiwi arts and crafts co-operative, see where the artists work. There’s the chance to buy artwork and crafts at Island prices
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through the wilderness of Bathurst Island
  • Visit a scenic lookout and burial site and learn about the Pukamani (Burial) Poles
  • Your guide will share their knowledge of traditional bush tucker, medicines and 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.

Base tour price includes return ferry transport to Bathurst Island.

Prices above may vary according to your departure date.

What to Bring

  • Enclosed walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen
  • Water bottle to hold 1 litre
  • Warm layers in cooler months
  • Small soft bag (no suitcases please)

Fitness Requirements

  • Low level of fitness required
  • Small amount of walking

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