​The Tiwi Islands are a must-do on any Northern Territory itinerary.

Comprising Bathurst and Melville Islands, with a population of around 2500, the Tiwi Islands are only 80km north of Darwin and very accessible via the 2.5 hour SeaLink ferry service.

The Tiwi Islands are known as 'the islands of smiles'. The Tiwi people are internationally renowned for their individual style of art including carvings and bright textile designs. Prized by collectors, many Tiwi artists have exhibited around the world.

The SeaLink ferry service operates to Wurrumiyanga (formerly known as Nguiu) on Bathurst Island. No permit is required to visit Wurrumiyanga, however if you venture further afield, please contact the Tiwi Land Council for your permit as the Tiwi Islands are private land.

To get the best from your visit, book one of the tours (scroll down for more information) where you will have a local Tiwi guide to show you their community. 

Please note that the Patakijiyali Museum on Bathurst Island is closed until 2022 and there are limited sightseeing options unless you are booked on a tour.

For the Tiwi Islands ferry only - please see the fares and timetables here.



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Tiwi By Design

Tiwi By Design

Immerse yourself in Aboriginal Tiwi art and culture on this guided tour of Wurrumiyanga and get creative alongside famous Tiwi Islander artists

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Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Culture Tour

Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Culture Tour

Journey to the Tiwi Islands to discover aboriginal culture, history, and art.

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