Offering a fascinating insight into the culture and lifestyle of the Tiwi people, the Tiwi Aboriginal Cultural Experience day tour begins with a 30 minute scenic flight to Bathurst Island where you'll be met by a local guide and taken through the modern Aboriginal community of Nguiu. You'll then visit the museum's traditional art displays and Tiwi dreamtime lore as well as the unique Tiwi style Catholic Church of the Early Mission Precinct. It's then on to the art and craft centre to see local artists at work as well as the opportunity to purchase souvenirs, crafts and fabric.
Watch the Tiwi ladies as they weave, paint, demonstrate totem dances and perform a sacred smoking ceremony. You'll also learn some of the many meanings and complex rituals behind this culture including the Pukamani (burial ceremony). Continue on with a scenic drive through the island's wilderness before stopping for lunch at a local watering hole. You'll also learn about natural fibres and dyes, bush tucker and bush medicine before the return flight to Darwin.
Please Note: This tour does not include your flight from Darwin to Tiwi Islands. Tiwi Island return flights must also be purchased.
From 01 April 2019 the scenic flight option is not available and transfers to Bathurst Island are on the ferry, a 2.5 hour trip from Cullen Bay Ferry terminal.
Up to 31Mar19:
Departs: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday at 07.30 am. Check-in at Fly Tiwi Terminal (Murphy Road), Darwin General Aviation, Darwin Airport
Returns: Darwin General Aviation, Darwin Airport at approximately 5.30pm
From 01Apr19 only ferry transfers are available:
Departs: Tuesday, Friday (May, Sep, Oct) and Monday, Thursday, Friday (Jun, Jul, Aug) at 07.30 am from Cullen Bay Ferry terminal (make own way) located 5 mins from Darwin CBD
Returns: Cullen Bay Ferry terminal at approximately 5.30pm
Note: Times are subject to change without notice
Children: Aged 2 - 15 years are charged at the child rate
What to bring: Small bag (due to space limitations), sunglasses, water bottle, sunscreen, hat, insect repellent (cream or lotion, non-aerosol), comfortable walking shoes, camera. Roads can be dusty and not the place for your best clothes.
Tour Code: TLAN & TFLY, from 01Apr19 TFER
Operated by: AAT Kings