A magical connection with the Tiwi Islands

SeaLink Northern Territory connects visitors to the unique and vibrant indigenous community and cultural traditions of the Tiwi Islands with its Tiwi by Design day tours.

Located approximately 80 kilometres north of Darwin, the Tiwi Islands comprises Australia’s second and third-largest islands – Bathurst and Melville Island.

Get up close with the indigenous community at the Tiwi Islands (Photo: Tourism Australia)

Known for their traditional practices and warm hospitality, fewer than 5,000 Tiwi people call the islands home.

With SeaLink’s Tiwi by Design tour, guests will enjoy a personalised and leisurely walking experience, curated for an intimate immersion into the rich tapestry of Tiwi culture. Upon arrival in the Aboriginal community of Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island, the Tiwi guide will bring you to experience local artists and dancers performing a formal Welcome to Country through a smoking ceremony and totem dances, before indulging in a traditional morning tea of damper and a cuppa while connecting with local community members.

Next, immerse in the vibrant narratives of life and culture in the Tiwi Islands while exploring the historic Mission Precinct – visit the Patakijiyali Museum and discover the history of Mission days, the Tiwi Creation story, WWII involvement, and the legendary local football players; and explore the nearby small Catholic church that was featured in the movie Top End Wedding. After lunch, guests can participate in an exclusive ‘behind-the-scenes’ screen printing workshop to craft their own unique take-home souvenir.

Tours are available from April 1 to November 30, and prices start from A$439 (US$287) per adult, with discounts for children and seniors.

The day tours operate on Thursdays and Fridays, with additional Monday departures in June, July, and August.

For more information, visit Tiwi by Design.

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