Tiwi Islands Ferry Service Timetable 

Effective from 02 December 2021 to 31 March 2022

Day    

Depart Cullen Bay

Depart Wurrumiyanga

Thursday*                     

10:15 am

3:15 pm

Friday*

10:15 am

3:15 pm

Sunday *

10:15 am

2:15 pm

*Please note that tours are not operating during this time. 

Timetable is subject to change without notice. Ferry services operate subject to safe weather conditions.


Tiwi Islands Ferry Service Timetable 

Effective from 01 April to 30 November 2022
Depart Darwin (Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal)Depart Wurrumiyanga (Bathurst Island)
Sunday*10:15 am2:15 pm
Monday**
(June-July-August only)
8:00 am3:15 pm
Thursday8:00 am3:15 pm
Friday8:00 am3:15 pm

*Please note that the ferry service on Sundays is a 'turnaround' service with no time to disembark for sightseeing. 

**Tiwi Islands ferry services operate on Mondays during June, July and August only. This service does not operate on public holidays (13th June & 1st August)

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.


Book your tickets

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.

The SeaLink ferry is equipped with 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.

Please note there are limited sightseeing options unless you are booked on a tour.

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.