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Discover the Tiwi Islands in Northern Territory, Australia

The Tiwi Islands are a group of nine islands located off the coast of Northern Territory, Australia. These islands are rich in ancient culture and traditions, beautiful landscapes, and friendly locals. Here's everything you need to know before planning your trip to the Tiwi Islands.

Getting There

You can reach the Tiwi Islands by taking a ferry or a flight from Darwin. The ferry operates twice a week and takes about 2.5 hours to reach the islands. Flights are also available from Darwin Airport and take only 20 minutes to reach the islands.

What to See

The Tiwi Islands are home to several natural attractions and cultural landmarks. Some of the must-see destinations include:

  • Bathurst Island - the second-largest island in the Tiwi group, which also has a large population living in the main town of Wurrumiyanga. There are plenty of traditional art galleries and museums here showcasing the local art and artifacts.
  • Melville Island - the largest island in the group, which features cultural tours, fishing, bird watching, and camping. There are two homelands on this island - Pirlangimpi and Milikapiti, which offers visitors an insight into the culture and traditions of the Tiwi people.
  • Nguiu - a small indigenous community on Bathurst Island which offers guided cultural tours, traditional art workshops, and bush tucker tours.
  • Cape Fourcroy - the northernmost point of Melville Island where visitors can enjoy scenic views of the Arafura Sea.

What to Do

There are plenty of activities to indulge in while visiting the Tiwi Islands. Some of the popular things to do include:

  • Take a guided fishing tour to catch some of the best fish in the region, including snapper, coral trout, and barramundi.
  • Join a cultural tour to experience the local Tiwi way of life, including storytelling, hunting, and traditional dance performances.
  • Visit the local art galleries and workshops to witness the beautiful traditional Tiwi art, which includes carvings, prints, paintings, and sculptures.
  • Explore the pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters of the Tiwi Islands, where you can swim, snorkel, and relax in peace.
  • Go bird watching - the islands are home to several bird species, including the Gouldian Finch, Pheasant Coucal, and White-bellied Sea Eagle.

Where to Stay

There is limited accommodation available on the Tiwi Islands, so it's best to plan your stay in advance. There are a few guesthouses, lodges, and camping grounds available on the islands. You can also choose to stay in Darwin and visit the islands for a day trip.

Visit Tiwi Islands

The Tiwi Islands offer a unique and memorable experience for visitors. From the stunning natural beauty to the rich cultural heritage, the Tiwi Islands are a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Northern Territory, Australia.

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