Tiwi Islands Cultural Experience from Darwin Including Ferry

Darwin, Northern Territory

Instead of briefly reading about Australia’s Aboriginal communities in your guidebook or online, truly immerse yourself in the history and culture of those communities on this full day experience. Take a ferry from Darwin to Bathurst Island to meet members of the local Tiwi community of Wurrumiyanga. Witness ancient customs and rituals like smoking ceremony, hand weaving and painting and learn about day-to-day life of the Tiwi Community. Lunch and ferry are included!

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Pass By: Cullen Bay Marina, Darwin, Northern Territory Australia

Make your own way to the Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal, a five-minute drive from the CBD, and take the 2.5 hour cruise aboard the Tiwi Mantawi over to Bathurst Island.

Pass By: Wurrumiyanga NT 0822, Australia

Here you are met by your local Guide to be taken on a journey through the progressive, modern day Aboriginal community of Wurrumiyanga.

Stop At: Tiwi Islands, Tiwi Islands, Top End, Northern Territory

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. Hear about the colourful history of the early mission days and learn how Tiwi people have blended their culture with Christianity. Spend time with some Tiwi Ladies while they work on their weaving and painting. You will then get the chance to sample local billy tea and damper. Your guides and the ladies also demonstrate their totem dances and perform a smoking ceremony to bless the visitors and explain the meanings behind them. Be taken through the Arts & Crafts Centres and see where the artist’s work. You also have the opportunity to purchase Tiwi arts and crafts and screen-printed fabric at Island prices. Learn some of the complex rituals associated with the Pukamani (burial ceremony) before taken back to the ferry landing to re-board your vessel. You’ll depart Bathurst Island for Darwin at 3.15 pm.

Duration: 6 hours


Darwin, Northern Territory

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