Tiwi Islands – Bathurst Island One Day Tour

Length of Tour: 1 Day

Tour Dates:
Thursday and Friday – May, September & October

Monday, Thursday and Friday - June, July & August

Departure Months:
1 May 2019 – 31 October 2019

Community:  Wurrumiyanga

Cost:
Day tour by Ferry AUD$295 (Adult)
AUD$148 (Child) includes morning tea, lunch excluded

Departure Point: Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal at 7:30am returning at 5:45pm (Ferry trip 2.5 hours each way).
FERRY TERMINAL TRANSFERS NOT INCLUDED
 

Includes:

  • Mini bus or 4WD vehicle
  • Lunch 
  • Permits
  • Return ferry fares to and from Bathurst Island from Darwin.
     

Highlights Include:

Ferry to/from Bathurst Island.

Visiting the progressive Aboriginal community of Wurrumiyanga, the museum and early mission precinct.

Being taken through art and craft centres and see the artists at work.

Spending time with some Tiwi ladies enjoying billy tea and damper.

Visiting a Tiwi burial site and learning some of the complex rituals associated with Pukamani Poles (burial poles).

Learning about traditional bush tucker, medicine and natural fibres.
 

Overview:

After making your own way to the Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal, a five-minute drive from the CBD.
Take the 2½ hour cruise aboard the Tiwi Mantawi over to Bathurst Island. Here you are met by your local Guide to be taken on a journey through the progressive, modern day Aboriginal community of Wurrumiyanga.


Visit the Museum with its interesting displays of traditional art and depictions of the Tiwi ‘dreamtime’ stories and Early Mission Precinct with its unique Tiwi style Catholic Church. Hear about the colourful history of the early mission days and learn how the Tiwi people have blended their culture with Christianity. Spend time with some Tiwi Ladies while they work on their weaving and painting. Your guides and the ladies also demonstrate their totem dances and perform a smoking ceremony to bless the visitors and explain the meanings behind them. You will then get the chance to sample local billy tea and damper with your included lunch. Be taken through the successful Arts & Crafts Centres and see where the artist’s work. You also have the opportunity to purchase Tiwi arts and crafts and screen-printed fabric at Island prices. Learn some of the complex rituals associated with the Pukamani (burial ceremony) before being taken back to the ferry landing to re-board your vessel, departing Bathurst Island for Darwin at 3.15pm.

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