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Tiwi Islands Ferry from Darwin

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Tiwi Islands Ferry from Darwin

From $87.52 per person

Jump on board and catch the 2.5 hour ferry to the Tiwi Islands, 80km's North of Darwin. Discover the rich indigenous culture and history of the Tiwi people. No permit needed!

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Duration 10 hours
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  • Travel in comfort on the MV Tiwi Mantawi ferry
  • Free walking map of Wurrumiyanga
  • Meet the friendly and welcoming Tiwi locals
  • Visit the art centres, museum and historic church
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A visit to the Top End would not be complete without a trip to the beautiful Tiwi Islands. The only aboriginal community where you don't need a permit to visit, Tiwi people are renowned for their friendly and welcoming nature. Departing two to three times a week, catch the ferry to the Tiwi's from Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal just 5 minutes from Darwin's city centre. Travel the 2.5 hour journey in comfort on the MV Tiwi Mantawi. Grab a coffee and a snack and sit back in either the air-conditioned cabin or outdoor sundeck.  Grab a walking map and buy a $5 museum ticket on the ferry and make your own way on foot around this small Indigenous community to visit art centres, the museum and historic Catholic mission precinct. See the artists at work and check out renowned Tiwi art including fabrics, carvings and paintings in the three different art centres. These pieces can be purchased direct from the art centres at community island prices.  After your day wandering and exploring the community of Wurrumiyanga, make your way back to the ferry for the return journey to Darwin. 
  • Wurrumiyanga walking map
  • Meals
  • Museum ticket
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal

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  • Due to ongoing COVID-19 virus preventative measures, the Bima Wear and the museum is currently closed until further notice
  • Please arrive at Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.
  • Ferry departs Thursdays and Fridays from 1st April to 14th December. Additional peak season Monday departures run in June, July, August. Does not operate on public holidays.
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4.1 /5

based on 33 reviews

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The ferry ride was pleasant. The island itself was interesting at historical sites, but the visit itself was disappointing. The island is potentially beautiful but the islanders do nothing to keep it clean and inviting - rubbish in piles under trees, no decent eating places, etc. Tourism could be greatly improved at this site!

June 5, 2021

This was an interesting experience. there is plenty of time to do everything you could do on the island. I just followed the map and saw everything. The outdoor church, the new church, is worth the walk. The islanders are friendly and i never saw any incident with all the dogs that were there. The park where the boat pulls in, is a lovely place to sit. Probably the only place to get food on the island is the "bistro" or really its just a take away with tables undercover.

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September 29, 2019

I was disappointed with the island visit. The ferry was great but there wasn't enough to see or do. The Museum was wonderful and so was the art gallery. However, the church, clothing shop and cafe were all shut. People who were doing their own tours were finished within 2 hours. There really wasn't anywhere to but food or coffee. Having said this the Tiwi Islanders are very friendly and helpful. If you do visit it's best to pay for an organised tour.

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August 20, 2019

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