• Location: Darwin, Australia
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Enjoy a rare chance to visit the Tiwi Islands and witness an Aboriginal community that holds on tightly to its traditions. Located off the coast of Darwin, the Tiwi Islands experience is led by an indigenous guide who shares local history and traditions. Partake in a traditional morning tea with Tiwi Islanders before visiting the Tiwi Museum and joining Aboriginal artists for an art-making workshop. You can also shop for Tiwi paintings, fabric, carving, pottery and clothing at island prices (own expense).

Highlights

  • Full-day tour to the Tiwi Islands, from Darwin
  • See informative exhibits of Tiwi art, including depictions of aboriginal dreamtime stories
  • Learn about ancient rituals for Tiwi burials and honoring the ancestors
  • Includes round-trip ferry between Darwin and the Tiwi Islands

What You Can Expect

Tiwi Island Day Tour from Darwin

Tiwi screen-printed fabrics

Travel two hours by ferry from Darwin to Bathurst Island, one of the Tiwi Islands. Seating is available on an outside sun deck or in and air-conditioned indoor cabin. Sandwiches, snacks, soft drinks and water are available for purchase on board, and there are limited food options on Bathurst Island. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as sea turtles, dolphins and seabirds. The Tiwi Islands provide important breeding grounds for a variety of native Australian animals.

A local indigenous guide accompanies you on your tour, which includes a scenic walk and a visit to the museum and an art-making class. At the end of the tour, your guide returns you to the ferry dock for the trip back to Darwin.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

Martina R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

As part of the Northern Territory experience I highly recommend doing the trip to Tiwi Islands. It is an excellent way to be exposed to the many aspects of the Aboriginal community who lives there.The guided tour over the island, incl. smoking ceremony gave a deep insight in the importance of old and new rituals still adhered to. I particularly liked the little catholic church completely decorated in aboriginal art.The Tiwi people allow their own culture and the input from the missionaries to co-exist in harmony. If you have extra money in your pocket you will be wanting to buy some of the authentic art directly from the artists at the Arts Centre. A unique chance to see and make art t-shirt at first hand.

Raelita G United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Fantastic. Very interesting and the Tiwi people are friendly and are proud of their culture, art and recent history. I highly recommend this trip.

Rhonda C

4 star rating: Recommended July 2017

We had a wonderful day on Bathurst Island with our guide Vivien!
Vivien was very friendly,helpful and told us wonderful stories,he was delightful!
We spent a lovely afternoon with the artists learning to screen print and we took home our efforts which will give us great memories!
Great artwork to buy,lovely people,all in all agree at day.
Would have loved to see more of the island!
Thanks everyone!!

Dean h

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

Kevin was a great tour guide. Very friendly and informative. Had a great day on Tiwi.

Karen S

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

Cultural experience of spending day with such lovely people and learning about the art and culture fantastic. The walking tour of museum and church great. Better than other tours running that day.

Sammy B

1 star rating: I do not recommend this August 2015

Very dispointing! Overpriced! Over the six hours we sat at a art shop for three hours then went to the museum for 2 hours. Lunch was terrible. Very dispointing tour after we heard such great things about the island. Oh the information Viator send us said 7am start and it was an 8am start!

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