From Darwin: Tiwi Islands Cultural Day Tour by Ferry

4.9 / 5

46 reviews

From Darwin: Tiwi Islands Cultural Day Tour by Ferry

From $273.76 per person

Explore the Tiwi Islands community of Wurrumiyanga on this cultural walking tour. Experience a traditional Tiwi welcome smoking ceremony and explore the Tiwi Design art centre, museum and Catholic mission precinct with your local Tiwi guide.

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Duration 10 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
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  • Take part in a cultural art workshop and take home an art memento
  • Visit the Tiwi Museum and Mission Precinct
  • Learn from a local Tiwi guide
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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

The Tiwi Islands ferry departs Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal, located five minutes from Darwin's city centre. Boarding commences at 7:30 AM for a prompt 8:00 AM departure. Bring a book, sit back and relax on the 2.5-hour journey to the Tiwi Islands, 80km north of Darwin. Sandwiches, pies, coffee, drinks and snack foods are available for purchase from the ferry kiosk.  Upon arrival, your local Tiwi guide will greet you on the beach and take you on a walking tour of the community. For those with mobility impairments, don't be disheartened as it is only a few minutes' walk between locations. From the ferry landing, wander up to Tiwi Design for a traditional welcome ceremony and morning tea (damper and a cuppa). Your guide will then show you through the museum where you will learn of the culture and history of the Tiwi People. On to the historic Catholic mission precinct before returning to Tiwi Design for lunch and a 'behind-the-scenes' screen printing session with a local Tiwi artist. Create your own screen-printed Tiwi-style art piece to take home – a memento of your day on the Tiwi Islands. You also have the opportunity to purchase unique and traditional Tiwi artworks including paintings, fabrics, carving, pottery and clothing at island prices. Return to the ferry at 15:00 PM for the journey back to Darwin, arriving back in Cullen Bay at 5:45 PM.
  • Return ferry from Darwin
  • Morning tea and lunch
  • Entry to the museum
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase on the ferry)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal

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Know before you go

  • Due to ongoing COVID-19 virus preventative measures, the Tiwi Museum is currently closed until further notice. Your guide will be extending the tour through the town and offering additional knowledge and activities
  • Dietary requirements can be catered for, please inform at the time of booking
  • Please note that this tour a walking tour, not a coach tour. It is conducted at a leisurely pace, with no special level of fitness required. Wurrumiyanga is a small Aboriginal community with everything easily accessible by foot
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 46 reviews

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The people in Tiwi Island are very friendly. Our guide Kevin gave us a comprehensive overview about the culture and history of the island as well as shared some exciting local stories. The highlight of the visit was definitely the workshop part when everybody could prepare his/her own Aboriginal pattern- painted take-away kitchen towel or T-shirt. It is worth choosing that option from the tour selection even if it is a bit more expensive than the basic cultural tour. The ferry ride is quite long unfortunately, 2 hours and 20 mins each way - this is the only inconvenience of the trip, yet it is absolutely worth going.

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September 20, 2019

Really enjoyed the friendliness of the local people. Kevin is a great Tour Leader, very informative ( and patient). Museum is amazing and well set out to show-case the history and culture of the Island. The history of the Church and its interaction with the local culture as Kevin explained it, enlightening!

August 27, 2019

Wonderful experience

The complete Tiwi Cultural Tour was wonderful and a very positive experience. From our tour guide Kevin, to all the staff, artists and the people who conducted the smoking ceremony ( beautiful little ones included) were very friendly and all had a great sense of humour. Very much enjoyed my day

July 12, 2019

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