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From Darwin: Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Culture Tour with Lunch

1. From Darwin: Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Culture Tour with Lunch

Make your way to the Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal, a five-minute drive from Darwin CBD, then cruise over to Bathurst Island, one of the Tiwi Islands. Upon arrival, meet your guide and the modern-day Aboriginal community of Wurrumiyanga. Stop by the Early Mission Precinct with its Tiwi-style Catholic Church, and learn how the Tiwi people have blended their culture with Christianity. Later, spend some time with the Tiwi ladies while they work on their weaving and painting. Then, watch the ladies demonstrate a totem dance and perform a smoking ceremony to bless the visitors.  Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a tasty lunch, served with local billy tea and damper. After lunch, there’s time to see more of the community’s arts and crafts and have the opportunity to purchase some. Finally, learn about the complex rituals associated with the Pukamani (burial ceremony). You'll then be taken back to the ferry port for your return to Darwin.

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What people are saying about Bathurst Island

Really great tour meeting the locals and learning about their culture which is so different to the indigenous mainland.The history of the Tiwi Islands from long ago and during World War 2 was fascinating.Nice lunch provided and good commentary from the local guides about the way they live and their religious beliefs and traditions.Would highly recommend a visit to the Tiwi’s.

Great tour. Well worth the journey. Learn about the Tiwi culture and traditions, meet the lovely people. Travel by bus around the island to see all the sights. Morning tea and lunch provided. Its a full day and a trip to remember.

Great day with very knowledgeable guides Jason, Leon & Trevor. Great food & refreshing billy tea. Extra bonus was having elder Bernard speak, entertain and provide some “wisdom”.

Fabulous, once in a lifetime trip to the Tiwi Islands to learn about the culture and activities and history of the Island people

Very interesting over name of dance and beautiful art ❤️