Meet the Nguiu community and see exhibits speaking of traditional Tiwi Island art, culture and dreamtime stories! Listen to interesting tales of how Tiwi people adopted Christianity from your expert guide.
Start early to board your ferry, Pacific Cat, from Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal. Cruise for 2 hours to Bathurst Island, where you’ll be welcomed by a local guide. Enjoy morning tea & light lunch during your tour.
Watch unique totem dances by Tiwi women as you enjoy some authentic billy tea and damper! The ladies will perform a ‘smoking ceremony’ to bless their visitors and will enlighten you about its significance.
Your tour ends at a picturesque point that overlooks a Tiwi burial site. Learn about complex rituals, traditional bush tucker, natural fibres & dyes and much more from your expert guide.
Experience a journey back to Aboriginal times at Bathurst Island, located just 80 kilometres away from Darwin. On this full-day tour, travel by ferry to reach the island where you can explore its ethnic roots. Home to the Tiwi islanders for thousands of years, learn why the island is called ‘The Island Of Smiles’ and more interesting facts on your Tiwi Islands day tour.
Board for a 2 hour ferry ride to arrive at Bathurst Island where an expert guide will acquaint you with the contemporary Aboriginal community of Nguiu. Visit museum, see indigenous exhibits and learn how Tiwi people integrated their culture with Christianity from depictions of Early Mission Precinct and unique Tiwi-style Catholic Church.
Next, visit arts and crafts co-operatives to accompany the artists in weaving and painting. Make most of the island prices and buy some souvenirs to take home. See unique art performances and take part in traditional rituals. Learn from your guide about complex rituals associated with Pukumani Poles (burial poles) and capture great pictures of amazing locations on the island!
Once done, your return ferry will be waiting to take you back to Darwin just before nightfall. Choose this special Tiwi Islands ferry tour for an authentic Aboriginal experience!
* Low level of fitness required. Small amount of walking is a part of the tour activities
Operates: Thursday, Friday
Departure/Pickup Location: Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal, Darwin
Boards: 07:30 | Departs: 08:00 | Returns: 17:45
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