Visiting Bathurst Island
Wurrumiyanga, located on the south-east coast of Bathurst Island, is the largest community on the Tiwi Islands and is accessible by a SeaLink passenger ferry. No permit is required to visit Wurrumiyanga, however any trips beyond the community boundary onto private land will require a permit from the Tiwi Land Council. The SeaLink ferry operates between Darwin and Wurrumiyanga on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, and takes approximately 2.5 hours each way. Major attractions at Wurrumiyanga include Tiwi Designs, Bima Wear, Ngaruwanajirri, the Patakijiyali Museum, and the old Church precinct. The Tiwi Islands Football Grand Final and Art Sale, held each March, is a highlight. For accommodation options contact Tiwi Enterprises and the Tiwi Islands Regional Council.
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Visiting Melville Island
Permits are not required for visitors to spend time within community boundaries at Milikapiti and Pirlangimpi. Melville Island art centres include Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association at Milikapiti and Munupi Arts and Craft Association at Pirlangimpi. Please note that any trips outside of community boundaries onto private land will require a permit from the Tiwi Land Council.
Tiwi Island Adventures
Tiwi Islands Adventures is owned by the eight Tiwi Landowning Groups. The company, which was established in 1998, operates from two remote locations on the Tiwi Islands. The Melville Island Lodge headquarters is located on Snake Bay just outside of Milikapiti, while the remote Johnson River Camp is in the upper reaches of the Johnson River on the east coast of Melville Island. Tiwi Island Adventures has exclusive access to a range of major river systems, coastal creeks, bays, inlets and reef fishing destinations, and practices catch and release. Fish species include barramundi, mangrove jacks, threadfin salmon, saratoga, golden snapper, black jewfish, queenfish, giant trevally, spanish mackerel plus many others. For further information about fishing on the Tiwi Islands refer to Fishing the Tiwi Islands.
Tiwi Tours is owned by Mantiyupwi Pty Ltd, which was established in 2007, and sub-leased to AAT Kings. Full day tours to Bathurst Island are available and transport from Darwin is by plane or ferry.
Tarntipi Bush Camp
Tarntipi Bush Camp runs cultural awareness training workshops for non-Tiwi people to increase their understanding of Tiwi culture and Aboriginal culture more broadly. Tarntipi Bush Camp is located near Wurrumiyanga and is run by the Tarntipi Homelands Aboriginal Corporation, a family-owned and operated business on Bathurst Island. Read about Tarntipi Bush Camp in Territory Q magazine.
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