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Tiwi Tours Aboriginal Cultural Experience with return ferry (TIF1)
Transport to Bathurst Island is by ferry for this tour and is included in the price. The tour operates Thursday and Friday (excluding Public Holidays).
As of 01 April 2016, the tour code for this tour will be TFER
- What to bring:
- - Comfortable walking shoes - Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat - Water bottle - Camera - Jacket in cooler months - Small soft bag (no suitcases please)
- Fitness level required:
- Child policies:
- Children 2-15 years of age are entitled to the child price for tour & ferry. Infants up to and including 1 year old are free of charge.
- Departure points:
- Darwin, Northern Territory
Cullen Bay, Northern Territory
- Departure time:
7:00 AM Thu, Fri
- Pickup/departure instructions:
- Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal to board your ferry by 7.00AM
- Approximately 10.5 Hours
- Approximate Return Time:
- 5.00PM approximately to Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal, Darwin
Ferry Crossing to Bathurst Island
Make your own way to Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal to board your ferry by 7.00am. 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).
Visit the museum with its interesting displays of traditional art and depictions of the Tiwi ‘Dreamtime’ stories and the 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. 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 journey to Darwin.