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Tiwi Aboriginal Cultural Experience (Flights additional cost)

  • Learn Tiwi Aboriginal culture

    Learn Tiwi Aboriginal culture

  • Visit the Tiwi Aboriginal community

    Visit the Tiwi Aboriginal community

  • Learn Tiwi Aboriginal culture

    Learn Tiwi Aboriginal culture

  • Visit the Tiwi Aboriginal community

    Visit the Tiwi Aboriginal community

  • St Therese's Church - Exterior

    St Therese's Church - Exterior

  • St Therese's Church - Interior

    St Therese's Church - Interior

  • Indigenous Arts and Crafts

    Indigenous Arts and Crafts

Tour codes: TLAN, +TFLY

Prices From


adult ?


child ?


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


Scenic flight to Bathurst Island

PLEASE NOTE: Return flights to Bathurst Island are an additional cost and must be purchased at the time of booking.

Today you’re up early to get started on a day that you’ll long remember. Make your own way to Fly Tiwi Darwin General Aviation and after a 30 minute scenic flight you’ll arrive at Bathurst Island. Here you’ll be met by your local guide and be taken on a journey through the Aboriginal community of Wurrumiyanga.

The Tiwi community

Learn about the Tiwi people and their unique culture – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit a modern day Aboriginal community. This one day tour 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 leave you with a lifetime memory. Many cities are blessed with island destinations close by, but only Darwin has the Tiwi Islands. They are home to the Tiwi people, coastal island Aborigines with permanent smiles.

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.

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

Bathurst Island scenic drive

You’ll then set out for a scenic drive through the wilderness of Bathurst Island. Relax by a local waterhole where a delicious picnic lunch is served.

Included Meals: Picnic lunch

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. We then return to the community before your return flight to Darwin.

Alternative Touring Option
Tiwi Aboriginal Cultural Experience by Ferry

Taking the ferry to Bathurst Island provides a more economical way to experience Tiwi culture. View the ferry option.

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

Returns:   5.30pm approximately

Full Day Tour

Approximately 10 hours


Mon, Tue & Wed (Apr-Nov)
7:00am check in for 8:00am departure
Murphy Road, Fly Tiwi Terminal, Darwin General Aviation section of Darwin Airport, Marrara


Darwin General Aviation Airport, 5.30pm approximately

Alternative Ferry Option

Ferry option operates
Thu & Fri
(Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov)
Mon, Thu & Fri
(Jun, Jul, Aug)
(excluding Public Holidays)

View the Ferry option

Need Accommodation?

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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  • Morning tea (1)
  • Lunch (1)
  • Traditional smoking ceremony
  • 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

Fitness requirement

Low level of fitness required. Small amount of walking.


Tour (TLAN)

Base Tour
Adult ?
Child ?
Concession ?
Optional Add-Ons

Return flights to Bathurst Island (+TFLY)

tiwi landscape

Take a 30 minutes scenic flight to Bathurst Island and enjoy an Aboriginal cultural experience rarely viewed by outsiders. It will put a smile on your face and leave you with lasting memories.

PLEASE NOTE: This Add-on price includes flight to Bathurst Island and return flight back to Darwin. Flights must be purchased with Tour at the time of booking. Please limit your luggage to a small bag weighing no more than 3Kg. Airport transfers are not included.

FROM $245
adult ?
concession ?

Prices above may vary according to your departure date.

Please note: 
Base Tour prices are per person, land only. 
Return flights to Bathurst Island are an additional cost and must be purchased at the time of booking.
Transfers to and from Darwin General Aviation Airport to Darwin hotel are not included.

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

Please note: This tour does not include transfers to and from Darwin General Aviation Airport, but can be included at an additional cost.

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