AAT Kings Tiwi Aboriginal Cultural Experience by Ferry (TFER)

AAT Kings
Tiwi Aboriginal Cultural Experience by Ferry (TFER)


Enjoy an Aboriginal cultural experience on the Tiwi Islands. Travel by Ferry and learn about the Tiwi people’s unique and rich culture as they introduce you to their traditional art displays and ceremonies. Enjoy discovering their interesting rituals.


Starts: Darwin NT, Australia
Ends: Darwin NT, Australia


Ferry Crossing to Bathurst Island Today you’re up early to get started on a day that you’ll long remember. Make your own way to Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal to board your ferry – the “Pacific Cat” and after a 2 hour cruise you’ll arrive at Bathurst Island. Upon arrival at the Aboriginal community of Nguiu on Bathurst Island you will meet your Local Guide who will take you on a journey through the progressive, modern day Aboriginal community of Nguiu (Wurrumiyanga).

Morning Tea with the Tiwi Ladies At morning tea you can enjoy billy tea and damper whilst we spend time with some Tiwi Ladies while they work on their weaving and painting. Your guides and the ladies will also demonstrate their totem dances and perform a smoking ceremony to bless their visitors and explain the meanings behind them. Included Meals: Morning tea

The Museum First you will 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. Your guide will tell you about the colourful history of the early mission days and learn how the Tiwi people have blended their culture with Christianity.

Arts and crafts co-operatives You will also be taken through the world renowned Tiwi arts and crafts co-operatives and see where the artists work and possibly see some of them at work. You also have the opportunity to purchase Tiwi arts and crafts and screen-printed fabric at Island prices.

Lookout and burial site Stop at a picturesque lookout, which is the setting of a Tiwi burial site where we can learn some of the complex rituals associated with the Pukamani Poles (burial poles). Your guide will also share their knowledge about traditional bush tucker, bush medicine and the natural fibres and dyes used by the Tiwi people. Return back to the ferry landing to re-board your vessel, departing Bathurst Island for Darwin at 3 pm.

Please note: Lunch can be purchased back on board the vessel after your morning touring on the island.


  • Return ferry to Bathurst Island
  • Morning tea (1)
  • Experienced Driver Guide
  • (at Bathurst Island)
  • Comprehensive commentary
  • Travel in an air-conditioned vehicle (at Bathurst Island)

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle to hold 1 litre
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months
  • Small soft bag (no suitcases please)

Fitness requirement Low level of fitness required. Small amount of walking.


Terms & Conditions

Children 2 to 15 years of age are entitled to the child price on half Day and 1 Day Tours as well as on Short Breaks when sharing a room with at least one adult (unless stipulated otherwise). Pensioners (Australia or New Zealand) and Seniors Card holders (Australia) save with our concession discounts. Students can save on AAT Kings operated Day Tours. AAT Kings reserves the right to alter the itinerary or route of any of its tours and arrange alternative carriers if necessary. Tours may be cancelled if road, weather or other conditions dictate. No refunds will be given under these circumstances. Any personal expenses incurred by a passenger as a result of any delay, curtailment or alteration of any tour, whether caused by flooding, mechanical defect or any cause are the responsibility of the passenger.

In addition to WTC’s terms and conditions; AAT Kings Cancellation Policy: Cancellations within 365 days of the start date incur a 100% fee.


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