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Tiwi By Design Day Tour


SeaLink Northern Territory

Your local Tiwi Islands guide will show you their community on this cultural walking tour - an authentic Tiwi experience!

Comprising Bathurst and Melville Islands, the Tiwi Islands have a  population of around 2500 and 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.

from $295

Insights into your experience

From the SeaLink ferry landing, you'll wander up to the Tiwi Design art centre for a traditional 'Welcome to Country' smoking ceremony including totem dances. After a short morning tea break your local Tiwi guide will then show you through the Patakijiyali Museum where you will learn about the culture and history of the Tiwi People.

A visit to the Catholic Mission Precinct will follow, and this includes a stop at the old white wooden church featured in the 'Top End Wedding' movie.

Lunch is held at the Tiwi Design art centre and you'll experience an exclusive ‘behind-the-scenes’ screen printing session with Tiwi artists. This tour gives you the unique opportunity to create your own Tiwi style art piece – a T-shirt, tea towel or length of fabric to take home with you as a special memento.

This is a leisurely paced tour on ‘Tiwi Time’, and visitors get a good opportunity to spend time with the Tiwi people. You also have the opportunity to purchase unique and traditional Tiwi artworks including paintings, fabrics, carving, pottery and clothing at island prices.


Aboriginal guide
First aid
Morning tea

You should bring

Walking shoes
Water bottle

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Things to know

The tour operates during the Dry Season (1st April to 10th December 2021) on Thursdays and Fridays as well as selected Mondays. Click the Book Now button to check the calendar for departure dates.

The tour departs Cullen Bay at 8:00am and returns at 5:45pm.

Cost includes: 

  • Return ferry Darwin to Bathurst Island
  • Traditional welcome ceremony
  • Walking tour with local Tiwi guide
  • Morning tea and lunch
  • Guided Tour of Tiwi Museum and historic mission precinct
  • Cultural art session and take home art memento

Planning your day:

  • Bring your own umbrella, sunscreen, hat, insect repellent. Water and some food is available on board for purchase.
  • Clothing: please avoid wearing any skimpy clothing or cut off shorts as this is not culturally appropriate on the Tiwi Islands.
  • Keep hydrated: you can refill your water bottle at Tiwi Designs on our tours.
  • Photos and Social Media: please make sure you ask a Tiwi local before you take a photo of them. Do not take photos of children.
  • No Swimming: Be aware of crocodiles #BeCrocWise
  • Quarantine: Before arriving or leaving check clothing does not have any weed seeds clinging to the fabric. No Soil or fungus on shoes.

Meeting point

Cullen Bay Marina - 68 Marina Boulevard, Larrakeyah, Northern Territory. Directions: A 10 minute drive from central Darwin. Check in time: 7:30am, departure time: 8:00am, return time: 5:45pm.


The Tiwi Islands are 80km north of Darwin and very accessible via the 2.5 hour SeaLink ferry service.

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