​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.

Wurrumiyanga boasts three art centres, the culture museum, the old Catholic mission precinct, as well as Pukamani (burial) poles in the cemetery. To get the best from your visit, book one of the tours where you will have a local Tiwi guide to show you their community. 

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



Tiwi Islands day tours due to resume on the 23rd July - Thursdays and Fridays
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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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Awana Tiwi

Awana Tiwi

Experience an authentic Welcome to Country before setting off to explore the town of Wurrumiyanga at your own pace

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Tiwi Bombers AFL Home Games

Tiwi Bombers AFL Home Games

Why wait until March to watch a football game at the famous Wurrumiyanga football oval on the Tiwi Islands?

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Tiwi Islands Football Grand Final & Annual Art Sale

Tiwi Islands Football Grand Final & Annual Art Sale

Footy Fever and the Annual Art Sale are about to hit the Tiwi Islands 15th March 2020.

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