Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Cultural Experience
- Duration: 10 Hours (approx.)
- Product code: LOKD-TIB1-A
- Bathurst Island Museum
- Arts and Crafts Centres
- Billy Tea and Damper
- Tiwi Catholic Church
- Indigenous Ceremonies
- Bathurst Island Wilderness
- Tiwi Lookout and Burial Site
Make your own way to Darwin General Aviation Airport to check in by 7.30am. After a scenic 20 minute flight, arrive at the Aboriginal community of Nguiu on Bathurst Island where you’ll meet your Local Guide. 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. Hear about the early mission days and learn how the Tiwi people have blended their culture with Christianity. Be taken through the successful arts and crafts centres and see where the artists work. At morning tea, we’ll spend time with some Tiwi ladies enjoying billy tea and damper while they work on their weaving and painting. Your Guide and the ladies will also demonstrate their totem dances and perform a smoking ceremony to bless the visitors. Set out for a scenic drive through the wilderness of Bathurst Island. Enjoy your included lunch and visit a local waterhole. Visit a picturesque lookout, which is also the setting of a Tiwi burial site, and learn some of the complex rituals associated with the Pukamani Poles (burial poles). Learn about traditional bush tucker, bush medicine and natural fibres and dyes on your return to the community for your return flight to Darwin.
Please note: Return flights to Bathurst Island are an additional cost and must be purchased at the time of booking.
Departs: Mon-Fri 7.30am (Feb-mid Dec) from Darwin General Aviation Airport
Returns: 5.15pm approximately at Darwin General Aviation Airport
INCLUSIONS: Experienced Driver Guide, Comprehensive commentary and Travel in an air-conditioned coach
WHAT TO BRING: Comfortable walking shoes, Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat, Water bottle, Camera and Jacket in cooler months