Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Cultural Tour

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit a modern-day Aboriginal community for an insight into the Tiwi people’s rich culture and lifestyle.
Darwin, Australia
10.5 hrs
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Start & End Location
Start & End Location

What's Included

  • Get up to $30 cash back per person when you book with us
  • A full-day trip to the Tiwi Islands for a unique insight into a modern Aboriginal culture
  • The services of a local Wurrumiyanga guide, with insights on the community
  • Stop at the Tiwi Museum to see displays of traditional art and Tiwi Dreamtime Stories
  • Visit the Early Mission Precinct with its  Tiwi-style Catholic Church
  • Spend time with the Tiwi ladies as they weave & paint
  • Participate in a smoking ceremony to bless visitors to the islands
  • Visit the Arts & Crafts centres to see artists at work, and enjoy the opportunity to purchase some art
  • Tasty lunch, including local billy tea & damper
  • Return ferry to Bathurst Island, 2 hrs 30 mins off the coast of Darwin in the Timor Sea
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach to combat the tropical heat

Where we visit:

  • Bathurst Island
  • Wurrumiyanga
  • Tiwi Museum
  • Early Mission Precinct
  • Arts & crafts centres

What's Excluded

  • Pick up not included. Please make your own way to Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal.

What to Expect

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit a modern-day Aboriginal community in the Tiwi Island. Tiwi locals will provide you with an insight into their 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.


Your day starts with a 2 hr 30 min ferry journey from Darwin aboard the MV Tiwi Mantawi to Bathurst Island. The modern and comfortable ferry has indoor and outdoor seating, toilets, a kiosk, coffee, and televisions throughout the cabin. 


On arrival, join a local guide for a journey through the progressive and modern community of Wurrumiyanga.  Visit the Tiwi Museum with its interesting displays of traditional art and depictions of Tiwi Dreamtime stories, and Early Mission Precinct with its unique Tiwi-style Catholic Church.


Spend time with the Tiwi ladies, while they weave and paint. Then, watch as your guide and the ladies perform a smoking ceremony to bless their visitors. They'll also demonstrate totem dances and explain the meaning behind them.


Enjoy a delicious lunch, accompanied by local billy tea and damper, a classic Aussie Outback snack. After lunch, visit the arts and crafts centres to watch the local artists work. You can even purchase some of the artwork, including screen-printed fabric. Then it's time to head back to Darwin on the return ferry journey. 


Please note: This tour is on a request basis due to the ferry component.  You will be notified within 24 hours if a date change is required.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    We suggest you bring enclosed walking shoes, sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, a water bottle with a 1-litre capacity, and warm layers in cooler months. You'll also want to bring money for souvenirs. 

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    We are more than happy to accommodate children; however, some restrictions may apply. There is no minimum age on the day tours, however, we do recommend that people travelling with children consider whether the itinerary is suitable, in particular the activities involved and the duration of the tour, to ensure the comfort of small children. For all tour types children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

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    On the day tours, the fleet can vary, and mini-coaches are sometimes used to accommodate smaller groups. These mini coaches do not have a restroom or reclining seats. However, regular stops are made so you can access facilities. 

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    We pride ourselves on having the finest fleet of fuel-efficient, fully air-conditioned coaches, with onboard Wi-Fi for our guests’ convenience.

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    Terms & Conditions:

    • The operator reserves the right to cancel tours and amend prices, itineraries and days of operation as required. At times it may be necessary to provide alternative transport
    • Any personal expenses incurred by a client as a result of any delay, alteration or curtailment of any tour, whether caused by flooding or any other causes are the responsibility of the client
    • Refunds are not available for wet weather or changing weather conditions
    • Clients are strongly advised to take out travel insurance
    • The operator reserves the right to refuse to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of coach tour travel and who may require services and facilities that the operator\s cannot guarantee will be available
    • Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult

    Cancellation Policy:

    Should you wish to cancel your tour, the following cancellation fees will apply. 

    • Within 48 hours of the departure date – 50% of the tour price
    • Within 24 hours of the departure date or no show – 100% of the tour price

    Pickup Locations

    • Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal

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