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Tiwi Islands Tours and Activities

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The Tiwi Islands sit about 50 miles off the north coast of Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory, and the chain is made up of 11 individual isles. The largest are Melville – the second largest island in Australia behind Tasmania – and Bathurst, the fifth largest of Australia’s islands.

It is believed that this string of islands has been inhabited for the past 7,000 years by the Tiwi people, which led to them being named an Aboriginal Reserve in 1912. Like at Arnhem Land, another Aboriginal Reserve, visiting these islands requires an invitation or an escort, as well as a permit. The islands are governed mostly by the Tiwi Aboriginal Land Trust and the Tiwi Land Council.

The island communities are renowned for their art, particularly for their wood carvings of birds. Fabric creations are also common and made in a similar fashion to Indonesian batik prints.

The wilderness of the Tiwi Islands is not to be outdone by that on the Northern Territory mainland -- Melville Island is particularly known for its swimming holes at Taracumbie and Tomorapi Falls, and the islands are full of charming secluded waterfalls and dense rainforest areas.

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Tiwi Islands Cultural Experience from Darwin Including Ferry

Tiwi Islands Cultural Experience from Darwin Including Ferry

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Instead of briefly reading about Australia’s Aboriginal communities in your guidebook or online, truly Immerse yourself in the history and culture of one of those communities on this full-day experience. Take a ferry from Darwin to Bathurst Island to meet members of the local Tiwi community Wurrumiyanga. Taste traditional bush tucker, witness ancient customs and rituals like the tribe’s smoking ceremony, and learn about their day-to-day lives from your group’s guide.
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  • 10 hours 9 minutes
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  • Free Cancellation
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Tiwi By Design Day Tour

Tiwi By Design Day Tour

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Enjoy a rare chance to visit the Tiwi Islands and witness an Aboriginal community that holds on tightly to its traditions. Located off the coast of Darwin, the Tiwi Islands experience is led by an indigenous guide who shares local history and traditions. Partake in a traditional morning tea with Tiwi Islanders before visiting the Tiwi Museum and joining Aboriginal artists for an art-making workshop. You can also shop for Tiwi paintings, fabric, carving, pottery and clothing at island prices (own expense).
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  • 9 hours
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Should I book Tiwi Islands tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Tiwi Islands can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Tiwi Islands 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Tiwi Islands costs USD 224.34. Guided Tiwi Islands tours start around USD 224.34 per person.
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