Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Cultural Experience

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A day tour to the Twi Islands (Bathurst Island) will provide you with an insight into the Tiwi people's culture and lifestyle. Bathurst Island will reveal scenes (scenic flight) to you seldom viewed by outsiders and leave you with a lifetime memory and a longing to return.

Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Cultural Experience
From$295 aud

Group booking discount

Tour Highlights

  • The Tiwi community
  • The Museum
  • Morning Tea with the Tiwi Ladies
  • Arts and crafts co-operatives
  • Bathurst Island scenic drive
  • Lookout and burial site

Tour Info

  • Day Tour
  • Aboriginal Culture
Duration 1 Day
Price From $295

Mon, Thu & Fri

Vehicle Flight,Coach
Suitability Open Age
Start Darwin @ 7.30 am
Finish Darwin @ 05.45 pm
Travel Insurance Required

Take a 2½-hour cruise aboard the Tiwi Mantawi to Bathurst Island. You'll be met by your local guide and taken on a journey through the progressive, modern day Aboriginal community of Wurrumiyanga

• Visit the Tiwi Museum with its interesting displays of traditional art and depictions of the Tiwi 'dreamtime' stories, and Early Mission Precinct and its unique Tiwi-style Catholic Church

• Spend time with some Tiwi Ladies while they work on their weaving and painting. 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

• You'll get the chance to sample local billy tea and damper with your lunch

• Visit the successful Arts & Crafts Centres and see where the artists work. You also can purchase Tiwi arts and crafts and screen-printed fabric at Island prices

• Learn some of the complex rituals associated with the Pukamani (burial ceremony)

• You'll be transferred to the ferry landing to re-board your vessel, departing Bathurst Island for Darwin at 3.15pm


  • Departs Apr-Nov: Tue & Wed 8.00am (7.30am check-in)  from Tour Terminal, Darwin General Aviation Airport
  • Returns 5.45pm approximately to Darwin General Aviation Airport
  • No hotel pick up 
  • Flight is subject to avaiability and additional cost for it. 
  • ** Alternative Ferry Option Ferry option operates  Thur & Fri (excluding Public Holidays)


  • Morning tea (1)
  • Picnic 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.

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