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. Morning tea of damper and billy tea is then served in the company of 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.
Departs: Tuesday & Wednesday. From 01 July to 31 October 2016 - Check-in, 7 Murphy Road, General Aviation Airport, Marrara at 7.00am. From 01 November 2016 - Check-in, Darwin General Aviation Airport 7.30am. Returns 5.30pm to Darwin General Aviation Airport.
Returns: Darwin General Aviation Terminal at approximately 5.30pm
Note: Times are subject to change without notice.
The Tiwi Aboriginal Cultural Experience Tour is not available 30 November 2016 - 31 March 2017.
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
Operated by: AAT Kings