Day Tours

Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Cultural Tour

1 day | Darwin Return

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.


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


5.45pm approximately 

Prices From Code: TFER


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
Prices above are in USD
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Bathurst Island - Take a 2½-hour ferry ride from Darwin aboard Tiwi Mantawi.

Wurrumiyanga - Join a local guide for a journey through this progressive modern community.  

Visiting sites - Visit the Early Mission Precinct with its unique Tiwi-style Catholic Church.

Tiwi ladies - Spend time with some of them while they weave and paint.

Smoking Ceremony - See your guides and the ladies perform this to bless their visitors, and demonstrate totem dances and explain the meaning behind them.

Lunch - Sample local billy tea and damper with your lunch.

Arts & Crafts Centres - Visit the centres and see where the artists work.

Arts & crafts at island prices Locally made artwork, fabric and artefacts can be purchased on the island during your tour. Please ensure you bring cash for purchases. The Museum & local artists take cash only, the Art Centre prefers EFTPOS/ Credit Card.

Return to Darwin - Depart Bathurst Island for Darwin by ferry at 3.15pm.

  Included Meals: Lunch

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.

Base tour price includes return ferry transport to Bathurst Island.

Prices above may vary according to your departure date.

Trip Details

What's included

  • • Lunch
  • • Return ferry to Bathurst Island
  • • Experienced Driver Guide (at Bathurst Island)
  • • Comprehensive commentary
  • • Travel in an air-conditioned coach

What to Bring

  • • Water bottle
  • • Warm layers in cooler months
  • • Cash if purchasing Aboriginal artwork
  • • Enclosed walking shoes
  • • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat

Fitness Requirements

  • • Low level of fitness required

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