Tiwi Tours Aboriginal Cultural Experience

Tiwi Tours Aboriginal Cultural Experience

Visit to Bathurst Island by ferry learn more about Indigenous Culture and enjoy the Bathurst Island.

Tour Highlights

  • Ferry Crossing to Bathurst Island
  • Morning Tea with the Tiwi Ladies
  • The Museum
  • Arts and crafts co-operatives
  • Lookout and burial site

Tour Info

Code AK-TFER
Style
  • Aboriginal Culture
Duration 1 Day
Departures
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Vehicle Ferry,Bus
Suitability Open Age
Start Darwin @ 07.00 am
Finish Darwin @ 05.00 pm

** 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).

** Morning Tea with the Tiwi Ladies

At morning tea you can enjoy billy tea and damper whilst we spend time with some Tiwi Ladies while 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 them.

Included Meals: Morning tea

** 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.

** 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 3 pm.

Note

  • Departs May, Oct & Nov: Thu & Fri , Jun, Jul & Aug: Mon, Thu & Fri
  • 8.00am (7.30am check-in) from Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal, Darwin
  • Transport to Bathurst Island is by ferry for this tour and is included in the price. The tour operates Thursday and Friday (excluding Public Holidays).
  • This tour is also offered with transport to Bathurst Island by air and operates Monday-Wednesday (excluding Public Holidays).
  • No pick up need to make your own way to Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal, Darwin
  • Lunch can be purchased back on board the vessel after your morning touring on the island.

 

Inclusions

  • Experienced Driver Guide
  • Morning tea (1)
  • Island transport in an air-conditioned coach
  • Experienced, knowledgeable Tiwi Guide and Resident Guide
  • Detailed and informative commentary
  • Iced water
  • Land Council entry permit

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months
  • Small soft bag (no suitcases please)

Fitness requirement

  • Low level of fitness required. Small amount of walking.