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Tiwi Island Tours from Darwin

Visit the ‘Island of Smiles’ on your next adventure

Get back to nature on the Tiwi Islands

Just 80-kilometres north of Darwin sits the Tiwi Islands or what it’s better known as, ‘the Island of Smiles’. Take a short trip across the water from Darwin and visit this unique haven on your next top-end holiday.

The Tiwi Islands consists of two main islands, Bathurst and Melville. These islands are made up of mostly Aboriginal descendants; therefore, the islands are famous for celebrating and supporting the local Indigenous traditional lifestyle.

With coastal landscapes, breath-taking sunsets, and many cultural and wildlife tours, the Tiwi Islands will have you become one with nature in no time. Spend your time fishing, canoeing, swimming or relaxing on the beach in this destination like no other.

With a strong Aboriginal art scene and a love of football and tradition, a visit to the Tiwi Islands will have you connecting with the locals and exploring a rich history and culture. Consider adding a Tiwi Island day trip to your next Northern Territory holiday and discover why these stunning islands are known as ‘the Island of Smiles’.

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Physical rating:
2 - Moderate
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Tour duration:
7
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You'll encounter more of the Top End than expected with 4 nights in Darwin and included touring of the Tiwi Islands and Litchfield National Park plus visits to Mindil Beach Sunset Markets and Cullen Bay, and many amazing Darwin museums and exhibitions. In Kakadu take to the air on a scenic flight, discover Aboriginal rock art and cruise the Yellow Water wetlands to complete your Top End Encounter.

Your clearwater paradise awaits

The Tiwi Islands are known as a tropical paradise just sitting at the top of the Northern Territory. The best time to visit the islands is between the months of May and September. If you’re a lover of football, make sure to book your trip in March, so you don’t miss the massive Footy Grand Final and Art Show.

Start your holiday by going on a Darwin Harbour Sight Seeing Cruise. This 45-minute cruise along Darwin harbour will be a highlight of your trip. The cruise includes a guided commentary about Darwin’s history, including the bombing of Darwin, the effects of Cyclone Tracy and what Darwin is like today.

Enjoy the cruise from the air-conditioned cabin or up on the sun deck if you’re keen to get a few rays. After spending some time on the Darwin harbour, a Tiwi Island cruise needs to be on your holiday agenda. Many take a Tiwi Island day trip from Darwin travelling by air or ferry.

Once you’ve set foot on the island, you need to visit the Tiwi Design Aboriginal Corporation located on Bathurst Island. This centre was established to promote, preserve and enrich Tiwi culture. Here you’ll find a diverse variety of artwork ranging from ironwood carvings, ceramic, bronze and glass sculptures to ochre paintings, screen printed fabrics and limited edition prints.

If you’re looking for a more fun in the sun activity, the Tiwi Islands have a huge fishing culture. Rent a boat for the day or stay at one of the many camping sites and start your fishing exposition. Common catches include barramundi, Spanish mackerel, tuna, coral trout, jewfish, mangrove jack and golden snapper.

Your holiday wouldn’t be complete without a Tiwi Island tour. You’ll have the unique opportunity to learn about a modern-day Aboriginal community, including their art, bush tucker and history. There are a number of tour options available, including ‘Tiwi Tours’ hosted by local art centre, Tiwi Designs.

Highlights of the Tiwi Tour includes a ferry from Darwin to Bathurst Island followed by a traditional welcome ceremony with morning tea. You’ll visit the local museum and old mission precinct and then return to Tiwi Designs for lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll take part in an art session with a local artist and get to take home your own art piece. Learn more about Tiwi culture by witnessing a smoking ceremony and learning how the local Tiwi women weave baskets and paint.

If a day tour isn’t enough, consider staying on a Tiwi Island overnight tour to relax and unplug in a seriously remote location. Make the most of your Northern Territory holiday by adding the Tiwi Islands to your destination list because it’s just a hop, skip and a jump from Darwin.

Visit the ‘Island of Smiles’ on your next adventure

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