How long is the ferry from Darwin to Tiwi Islands?
Make the 2.5 hour ferry journey to the Tiwi Islands, 80kms north of Darwin and step off to explore the local indigenous community of Wurrumiyanga. Grab a walking map and buy a museum ticket on the ferry and discover the Tiwi Islands largest community at your own pace.
Can you do Tiwi island on your own?
You have to be on island for 5 hours because of ferry times so make the most of the interesting displays and air conditioning! From museum it's five minutes to Tiwi Design. Tiwi Design is more commercial than Ngaruwanajirri and both tours visit here. Everyone is friendly and laid back.
How long does it take to get to Tiwi Islands from Darwin?
You can reach the islands on a 30-minute flight from Darwin and there is also a ferry that travels between Darwin and Bathurst Island three times a week.
On the Tiwi Islands we have a couple of fresh water swimming holes that are crystal clear and our guests often enjoy a swim. There are many fresh water swimming holes and waterfalls on the Tiwi Islands where swimming is safe and very picturesque.
Tiwi Islands Ferry Fares
|Adult One Way||$60.00|
|Child** One Way||$32.50|
|Family Return Ticket (2 adults, 3 children)||$320.00|
|Multi Ticket^ (10 trips)||$450.00|
At this moment in time, there is only one ferry service available to the Tiwi Islands, which currently runs from Cullen Bay in Darwin. This is operated by Sealink ferries, which provides a high-speed service for you all the way to Wurrumiyanga in the Tiwi Islands.
How to get to the Tiwi Islands? Take a 2.5-hour ride with SeaLink NT Ferries from Darwin to Wurrumiyanga (known as Nguiu until 2010) on Bathurst Island, book a tour, or catch a 20-minute Fly Tiwi flight from Darwin Airport.
Permits. The Tiwi Islands are privately owned, they are not Crown land nor public land, and visitors require a permit. The Tiwi Land Council permit system allows regulated access to the Tiwi Islands in accordance with the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976.
Passenger or car tickets can be purchased from the Tiwi Islands Regional Council, or if you are hiring a car from us, let us know at the time of booking if you require ferry tickets and we will include the cost of the tickets in the car hire and have them ready for you when you collect your vehicle.
Crocodiles are common on the Tiwi Islands, you must always assume that saltwater crocodiles are present in any waterway. They are expert hunters and well camouflaged.
The Tiwi Islands are environmentally sensitive and largely intact. To ensure the ongoing protection of Tiwi land and sea country, you must comply with applicable Northern Territory and Commonwealth laws, and comply with all TLC environmental and quarantine requirements.
The Tiwi are an Aboriginal Australian people, culturally and linguistically distinct from those of Arnhem Land on the mainland just across the water. In 2016, the total population of the islands was 2,453, of whom 89% were Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.