Connecting the Tiwi Islands to Darwin 

The Tiwi Islands are 80km north of Darwin, or a 2.5h ferry ride, and are made up of two main Islands: Bathurst and Melville Islands with a combined population of around 2500 people.

SeaLink NT provides a fast and reliable passenger ferry up to four days a week between the Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal and the town of Wurrumiyanga (formally known as Nguiu) onboard our high-speed catamaran, the MV Tiwi Mantawi.

Our SeaLink ferry is equipped with men’s, women’s and disabled toilets, a fully stocked kiosk, air-conditioned cabins, and a friendly helpful crew.

You can purchase tickets online, in person at the Sealink NT office or 30 minutes before departure at the ferry terminal on the day.  

PLEASE NOTE: If the vessel is at full capacity, people with pre-purchased tickets will have priority over those who wish to purchase on the day. 

Wish to visit the Tiwi Islands as a tourist?

A permit is not required to visit Wurrumiyanga, however, if you venture further afield, please contact the Tiwi Land Council for permission and to obtain a permit as the Tiwi Islands are private land.

There is strictly no alcohol allowed to be carried or consumed on board or to be taken into the community of the Tiwi Islands. Please see the full terms and conditions here.

Tiwi Islands 2020 Timetable 

Valid from the 4th August until further notice.


Depart Cullen Bay

Depart Wurrumiyanga


8:00 am

3:15 pm


8:00 am

3:15 pm


10.00 am

2.00 pm

Please note that the timetable is subject to change without notice. Ferry services operate subject to safe weather conditions.

Tiwi Islands Ferry Fares

Adult One Way $60.00
Adult Return $120.00
Concession* One Way $45.00
Concession Return $90.00
Child** One Way $32.50
Child Return $65.00
Family Return Ticket (2 adults, 3 children) $320.00
Multi Ticket^ (10 trips) $450.00

*Concession fares are available for passengers with a valid Healthcare card or Seniors card. 
**Child fares are available for passengers aged 5 - 14 yrs inclusive. 
^ Please refer to Terms & Conditions for fare rules.