Tiwi by Design

From $349.00 per adult

Spend a day on Bathurst Island (Tiwi Islands) with a local Tiwi guide who will show you their community on this cultural walking tour.

Travel to Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island (Tiwi Islands) on the SeaLink ferry. After the 2.5 hour journey, wander up to Tiwi Design from the ferry landing for a traditional welcome ceremony and morning tea (damper and a cuppa). Your guide will then show you through the museum where you will learn of the culture and history of the Tiwi People. Next it is on to the historic mission precinct followed by lunch at Tiwi Design and a 'behind-the-scenes' screen printing session with a local Tiwi artist to create your own art piece to take home. Board SeaLink's ferry from Wurrumiyanga for the 2.5 hour journey back to Darwin.

Whilst on tour, you also have the opportunity to purchase unique and traditional Tiwi artworks including paintings, fabrics, carving, pottery and clothing at island prices - an authentic Tiwi experience!

Operates 1st April to 12th December 2019 and 1st April to 10th December 2020 on Thursdays and Fridays with additional Mondays during peak season (June, July, August – excluding Public Holidays)*
Departs Cullen Bay (Darwin) at 8:00 am
Returns Cullen Bay (Darwin) at 5:45pm

Inclusions:

  • Return Ferry Darwin to Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island (Tiwi Islands)
  • Welcome to Country ceremony
  • Local Tiwi guide
  • Morning Tea
  • Cultural art session including a take-home art memento
  • Walking Tour of Tiwi Museum and Mission Precinct

* Days of operation, schedules and tour itineraries are subject to change, sometimes without notice

Itinerary

Depart Cullen Bay for the 2½ hour cruise to the Tiwi Islands. On arrival at Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island you will meet your local Tiwi guide who will escort you on foot to Tiwi Design for welcome to country ceremony and a traditional morning tea (damper and a cuppa). Your tour continues to the Patakijiyali museum where your guide will provide a detailed and informative commentary on the culture and history of the Tiwi people, then on to the historic mission precinct. Return to Tiwi Design for lunch and spend the afternoon working with an Aboriginal artist to create your own work of art – Tiwi style, either painting or screen printing. You also have the opportunity to purchase unique and traditional Tiwi artworks including paintings, fabrics, carving, pottery and clothing at island prices.

Please note that this tour a walking tour, not a coach tour. It is conducted at a leisurely pace, with no special level of fitness required. Wurrumiyanga is a small Aboriginal community with everything easily accessible by foot.


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