From Darwin: Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Culture Tour with Lunch

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From Darwin: Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Culture Tour with Lunch

From $235.97 per person

Spend the day with the traditional Tiwi people and enjoy the rare opportunity to interact with a modern-day Aboriginal community. Gain unique insights into the community, their way of life, and their culture, and purchase handmade arts and crafts.

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Duration 10 hours
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  • Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet a modern-day Aboriginal community
  • Meet and learn about the Aboriginal community of Wurrumiyanga
  • Watch the Tiwi ladies work on their arts and crafts, and perform a smoking ceremony
  • Learn about the community's complex rituals and unique traditions
Full description
Make your way to the Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal, a five-minute drive from Darwin CBD, then cruise over to Bathurst Island, one of the Tiwi Islands. Upon arrival, meet your guide and the modern-day Aboriginal community of Wurrumiyanga. Visit the onsite museum and see the many displays of traditional art that depict the Tiwi ‘dreamtime’ stories. Stop by the Early Mission Precinct with its Tiwi-style Catholic Church, and learn how the Tiwi people have blended their culture with Christianity. Later, spend some time with the Tiwi ladies while they work on their weaving and painting. Then, watch the ladies demonstrate a totem dance and perform a smoking ceremony to bless the visitors.  Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a tasty lunch, served with local billy tea and damper. After lunch there’s time to see more of the community’s arts and crafts and have the opportunity to purchase some. Finally, learn about the complex rituals associated with the Pukamani (burial ceremony), before being taken back to the ferry port for your return to Darwin.
  • Round-trip ferry between Darwin and Bathurst Island
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
  • Local guide
  • Snack (billy tea with damper)
  • Lunch
  • Museum entry
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Please be at the Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal at 7:30 AM to check-in for an 8:00 AM departure. The terminal is very small so the ferry is hard to miss.

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What to bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Cash
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4.7 / 5

based on 3 reviews

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May 29, 2021

Ferry check in only one person, queue not well arranged resulting in a few words between some travellers. Left 15 minutes late. Tour informative, only one bus for 2 tour groups. Tour staff very helpful, nice fresh salad for lunch.

June 10, 2021

Very informative

June 10, 2021

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