Tiwi Islands Football Grand Final and Annual Art Sale 2018

Sunday 18th March 2018

The renowned Tiwi Islands Football Grand Final & Art Sale is on again this March, with footy fans and art goers making the pilgrimage from all over Australia to experience this must-do event! 

Join SeaLink NT for a great day on the Tiwi's; visit the museum and historic Catholic mission precinct, follow the art trail and purchase discounted wares from Tiwi art centres Jilimara, Munupi and Tiwi Design.  Cool down in the shade under the SeaLink pavilion, enjoy a lunch of gourmet burgers with salads and of course catch the famously contested Tiwi Islands Grand Final! 

Limited seats are available - this event sells out every year so be sure to book early to be a part of this fantastic day!

Tour Details

Depart Cullen Bay on either the 6:00am or 8:00am departures for the 2.5 hour trip to Wurrumiyanga on the Tiwi Islands. The annual art sale commences from 9am, with art centres from Melville Island also bringing their wares for sale at various locations. The Tiwi Art Trail includes Tiwi Design, Jilamara Arts, Munupi Arts and Ngaruwanajirri – art trail maps will be available on board. 

Visit the Patakijiyali Museum and learn about traditional Tiwi culture, the Catholic mission of the 20th century, Tiwi involvement in WWII and the many famous Tiwi athletes. Check out the historic church and see the statue of Matthias Ullungura, the Tiwi man who captured the first Japanese prisoner of war on Australian soil in 1942.

Walk to the oval from 12:30pm for a lunch of gourmet footy burger and salads, soft drinks and water available all afternoon in the pavilion. Tiwi Islands Grand Final kicks off at around 2.30pm. After the footy, make your way back to the beach to board the ferry for the cruise back to Darwin, arriving at approximately 8.30pm.


  • Return ferry from Darwin (6:00am or 8:00am departures)
  • Catered lunch and afternoon tea 
  • Unlimited soft drink and water at the oval
  • Shaded pavilion seating 
  • SeaLink showbag 


Adult $275*
Senior $245*
Australian Seniors
Child $220*
5-14 years old
Infant $0*
0-4 years old

Make a booking

Depart Cullen Bay ferry terminal at 6:00am on board the MV Tiwi Mantawi. Arriving at Bathurst Island at 8:30am, you will have plenty of time to visit the various art centres for the Annual Art Sale, the museum and historic precinct and also see some of the curtain raiser football games.

Departure from Bathurst Island is after the Grand Final at 5:30pm, arriving at Cullen Bay at approximately 8:00pm


Depart Cullen Bay ferry terminal at 8:00am on board the MV Tommy Lyons. Arriving at Bathurst Island at 10:30am, visit the various Art Centres for the Annual Art Sale and also see some of the curtain raiser football games.

Departure from Bathurst Island is at 5:30pm after the Grand Final, arriving at Cullen Bay at approximately 8:00pm