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Larrakeyah, Australia
Tiwi By Design Day Tour

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Enjoy a rare chance to visit the Tiwi Islands and witness an Aboriginal community that holds on tightly to its traditions. Located off the coast of Darwin, the Tiwi Islands experience is led by an indigenous guide who shares local history and traditions. Partake in a traditional morning tea with Tiwi Islanders before visiting the Tiwi Museum and joining Aboriginal artists for an art-making workshop. You can also shop for Tiwi paintings, fabric, carving, pottery and clothing at island prices (own expense).
  • Full-day tour to the Tiwi Islands from Darwin
  • See informative exhibits of Tiwi art, including depictions of aboriginal dreamtime stories
  • Learn about ancient rituals for Tiwi burials and honoring the ancestors
  • Includes round-trip ferry between Darwin and the Tiwi Islands
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WiFi on board
Restroom on board
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal , Larrakeyah NT 0820, Australia

Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal, at the end of Marina Boulevard, Cullen Bay, Darwin. 5 minutes drive from Darwin CBD, free all day parking in off-street carparks.

8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Travel by ferry from Darwin to Bathurst Island, one of the Tiwi Islands. Seating is available on an outside sun deck or in and air-conditioned indoor cabin. Sandwiches, snacks, soft drinks, and water are available for purchase onboard, and there are limited food options on Bathurst Island. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as sea turtles, dolphins, and seabirds. The Tiwi Islands provide important breeding grounds for a variety of native Australian animals.

A local indigenous guide accompanies you on your tour, which includes a scenic walk and a visit to the museum and an art-making class. At the end of the tour, your guide returns you to the ferry dock for the trip back to Darwin.
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SeaLink Northern Territory
Servicing the Top end since 2013, SeaLink Northern Territory provides a safe, comfortable and reliable ferry service with state-of-the-art high-speed catamarans and friendly qualified crew. Built especially for remote locations, the SeaLink NT ferries are capable of beach landings, carrying large numbers of passengers in comfort, and are all equipped with kiosks, men, women and disabled toilets, air-conditioned cabins, and spacious outdoor decking.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Tiwi Design
After a rest and lunch in the shade, it’s time to re-visit Tiwi Design and participate in an exclusive ‘behind-the-scenes’ screen printing workshop. Choose from contemporary or traditional Tiwi design to print onto a take-home t-shirt, tea towel or fabric – a wonderful souvenir of your Tiwi visit.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • This is a walking tour, an easy stroll over short distances between the ferry landing, art centre and mission precinct. **Please note that the Bathurst Island Museum is closed until 2022, and is no longer included in this tour**
  • Covid Procedures: We have always had stringent and rigorous hygiene standards, cleaning procedures and health and safety practices. During this time, we have stepped our practices and procedures up even further. Where possible we have made additional hand sanitisers and cleaning stations available to our customers and employees to exercise good hand/hygiene practices. We have also placed hygiene communications in our vessels, vehicles, accommodation, food venues, shop fronts/counters/terminals from the relevant health authorities.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
  • OPERATED BY SeaLink Northern Territory
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Tiwi By Design Day Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Tiwi By Design Day Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Tiwi By Design Day Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Tiwi By Design Day Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Tiwi By Design Day Tour.

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  • "This day trip is a really cultural experience and an opportunity for friendly interaction with the Tiwi islanders and a chance to spend time at the art centre." See review

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Could do it again
, Jul 2022
Enjoyed learning the history side. Loved the hands on silk printing. The staff were very helpful and happy to share their knowledge
A wonderful day out.
, Jul 2022
An amazing day out - so engaging and educational. It was the highlight of our NT trip. Beautiful storytelling and fun art making that we will be proud to wear.
A fantastic experience
, Jul 2022
Whole tour was excellent. A highlight of our trip. The screen printing and the walk were great. Lunch was fantastic and the welcome at the beginning superb.
Wonderful experience
, Jun 2022
Wonderful experience, would highly recommend to anyone to do this as was worthwhile, educational and enjoyable day.
Hassle free towing visit
, May 2022
I feel the casual happy approach by tour guides is a mirror of the lifestyle on the tiwi Islands. Most enjoyable
Amazing, best tour I've...
, Apr 2022
Amazing, best tour I've ever had. An experience you can't put a price on. The tour guide has developed alot being the foundation of this tour. All credit to him👍🏼
Brilliant Day !!
, Sep 2021
Buffy was a most stunning guide! What a wonderful representative of this spectacular island and people! It was relaxed and fun and informative . Lunch was delicious and our yarns were life changing. A great ferry trip on the way over and back too! Don’t miss this tour.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hi Alexi, Our thanks for leaving your wonderful feedback regarding your Tiwi By Design experience. Apologies for the long delay in responding to your feedback. Wonderful to hear you had a great day, the lunch was delicious and that you enjoyed the ferry journey! We thank you for your great review and look forward to welcoming you back for another SeaLink experience in the future.
Very disorganised
, Aug 2021
This trip was very disorganised and wasn't what I was expecting. Screen Printing my own tea towel was fun. It gave me something to remember my trip.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hi Joanne, Thank you for your valuable feedback, and our sincere apologies for the delay in responding. We understand that 'Tiwi time' can be a bit different to grasp, however we hope that you were still able to make the most of your day and the beautiful culture and humor of the locals. We look forward to welcoming you on your next SeaLink experience and aim to help manage your expectations to ensure that you have a most enjoyable day!
Tiwi Island Special
, Jul 2021
Meeting the local indigenous people on the tour was the most amazing experience Wonderful stories and an amazing culture on Tiwi The people at Tiwi Design are really special artists and showed how talented they were
Fun and welcoming
, Jun 2021
Making the t shirts and talking with the local people. Lots of fun. The welcome smoking ceremony was beautiful. The guide Ronnie was very good
Art, ritual and smiles.
, Jun 2021
A truly wonderful day experiencing art, culture, music and ritual. Loved the opportunity to screen print a tea towel. Bought art direct from the artist. Great vege lunch box. A success all round.
Will be back
, May 2021
Loved the interaction with the artists. Locals all very friendly and helpful. Learned a lot and had a really good time!
Great experience
, May 2021
It was all great except the white lady doing the printing of the t-shirts not as good as the aboriginal guys and made mistakes on two one being mine. I was lucky I got to do mine again but the other person was not so lucky. Everything else was great. Felt so welcome.
Doing the screen printing
, Oct 2020
Was a good day. Very hot walking around due to COVID 19 restrictions. No vehicle. Disappointed that we couldn’t get into museum.
Fantastic Experience
, Oct 2020
Fantastic experience. Well organized and interesting. Some good insights to local customs and culture. Very friendly people.
, Sep 2020
would have liked to see a demonstration of wood carving and painting. I enjoyed the day and love my screen print.
Tiwi Design Tour
, Jul 2019
Informative & learnt about indigenous cultural differences b/w mainland & islanders Slow paced Delicious lunch pack
A wonderful experience
Ann R
, Jul 2019
This day trip is a really cultural experience and an opportunity for friendly interaction with the Tiwi islanders and a chance to spend time at the art centre.
As part of the Northern Territory...
Martina R
, Aug 2017
As part of the Northern Territory experience I highly recommend doing the trip to Tiwi Islands. It is an excellent way to be exposed to the many aspects of the Aboriginal community who lives there.The guided tour over the island, incl. smoking ceremony gave a deep insight in the importance of old and new rituals still adhered to. I particularly liked the little catholic church completely decorated in aboriginal art.The Tiwi people allow their own culture and the input from the missionaries to co-exist in harmony. If you have extra money in your pocket you will be wanting to buy some of the authentic art directly from the artists at the Arts Centre. A unique chance to see and make art t-shirt at first hand.
We had a wonderful day on Bathurst...
Rhonda C
, Jul 2017
We had a wonderful day on Bathurst Island with our guide Vivien! Vivien was very friendly,helpful and told us wonderful stories,he was delightful! We spent a lovely afternoon with the artists learning to screen print and we took home our efforts which will give us great memories! Great artwork to buy,lovely people,all in all agree at day. Would have loved to see more of the island! Thanks everyone!!
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