Darwin - Tiwi Islands

A melting pot of people, culture and wildlife

Asian-influenced food, vibrant outdoor markets, numerous adventure activities and the largest number of crocodiles in the world await discovery for those planning a Northern Territory holiday. If you’re seeking a destination with a distinct difference, be sure to visit Darwin and the Tiwi Islands at the top end of Australia.

Darwin & Tiwi Islands - the home of wild adventure

If you’re seeking a destination with a difference, the Northern Territory capital of Darwin is one for your bucket list. Stunning gorges, waterfalls and billabongs are must-see Darwin attractions awaiting discovery in Litchfield National Park, Kakadu National Park and Katherine Gorge.

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Brilliant Breaks in Darwin and Tiwi Islands

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Tiwi by Design. Obtain an authentic, personal flavour of the Tiwi Islands on a Tiwi By Design day tour. Accompanied by a local guide, you’ll learn about island life, visit the Patakijiyali Museum and tour the historic mission precinct. You’ll learn to screen print — and even take home your handiwork to remind you of this unique cultural experience.

$349 per adult.

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Crab Claw Island. If you love seafood and want an easy day-trip from Darwin, take a relaxing cruise and head over to Crab Claw Island and enjoy a delicious lunch at the Craw Claw Island Restaurant. Feast on locally caught barramundi, thread fin salmon and prawns, oysters and much more. After lunch indulge in some rest and relaxation with a beverage in hand by the pool.

$155 per adult.

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Darwin Harbour Cruise. Are you looking for an easy day-trip to do in Darwin during the dry season? Jump onboard the midday Darwin Harbour cruise to gain a unique perspective of Darwin’s city and her historic wharves and landmarks. With live commentary from the knowledgeable crew, you’ll hear about the city’s WWII history, the destruction caused by Cyclone Tracy and how life in Darwin has evolved to become a unique and multi-cultural tropical destination.

$39 per adult.

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Discover Tiwi Islands. For a unique cultural experience, take the ferry from Darwin and head north across the Beagle Gulf to the Tiwi Islands. The Tiwi people possess a unique, vibrant culture, and their history and traditional stories are vividly expressed through paintings, sculptures, ceramics, screen-printed fabrics, etchings, prints and jewellery. It’s a rich heritage they love to share with you.

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Tiwi Islands Culture. For a memorable day trip from Darwin, take a relaxed 2.5hr cruise to the to explore the culturally rich community of Wurrumiyanga in the Tiwi Islands. Experience an authentic indigenous ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony before setting off to explore the town of Wurrumiyanga. Visit the art centre and Patakijiyali museum, enjoy a picnic lunch and chat to the local Tiwi people to learn more about their way of life.

$195 per adult.

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Experiences

Brilliant Experiences

Mandorah

Meet friendly locals over a cold beer and enjoy some typical Aussie pub food at the Cox Country Club, located at Wagait Beach. Watch the sun set behind the Banyan trees, kick back and enjoy the live music and unique ambience of Mandorah in a country club in true Darwin style.

Best things to see and do

  • Hop on a short cruise around the beautiful Harbour to discover the city's WWII history. You’ll also learn about the destructive force of Cyclone Tracy and life in modern-day Darwin.

  • Plan a day trip to Cox Peninsula with a Crab Claw Island cruise from Darwin. You’ll have plenty of time to unwind on the two-hour cruise, followed by a beach-deck seafood buffet lunch, and time to relax before heading back to Cullen Bay.

  • Dine at one of the many popular restaurants or cafes in the Cullen Bay Marina. This is a favourite spot for holidaymakers and locals alike, with a variety of sensational cuisines including Greek, Italian, Asian, and amazing local seafood.

  • For shopping, fresh tropical fruits and vegetables, exotic food stalls and entertainment explore Darwin’s markets. There’s plenty of choice between Rapid Creek Markets, Nightcliff Markets, or Mindil Beach Sunset Market where the fun starts as the sun goes down.

  • Tiwi football is legendary in AFL circles; the Tiwi Islands has produced three Norm Smith Medallists — the highest accolade in the AFL. Catch a game, or visit in March for the famous Tiwi Islands Grand Final.

  • Embrace the authentic flavour of the Tiwi Islands on a Tiwi By Design Tour. Accompanied by a local guide, you’ll learn about island life, visit the Patakijiyali Museum and tour the historic mission precinct.

  • Tiwi Islands tours give you the chance to visit Wurrumiyanga, boasting three art centres, the culture museum, the old Catholic mission precinct, as well as Pukamani (burial) poles in the cemetery.

  • Experience the unique and spiritual Welcome Smoking Ceremony - an insight into the ancient culture of the Tiwi people.

Darwin crocs

Crocosaurus Cove Crocodiles

Interactive wildlife centres dedicated to fearsome crocodiles are another popular Darwin tourist attraction, providing a chance to see these prehistoric creatures up close. When planning your Darwin family holiday, be sure to include a visit to Crocosaurus Cove for a chance to feed - or even swim - with the crocs!

Darwin cruise

Darwin Cruises

Gain a deeper understanding of Darwin’s history aboard a harbour cruise. Commentary from your knowledgeable skipper covers the bombing of Darwin during WWII and destruction wrought by Cyclone Tracy.

From May to September, Darwin cruises to Crab Claw Island are a perfect way to relax and unwind like the locals do. Feast on locally caught seafood, Black Angus porterhouse steak, fresh salads and dessert; all while taking in the stunning views.

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Explore the Tiwi Islands

Head across the Beagle Gulf and visit Tiwi Islands, where you’ll be immersed in the Tiwi Islands Aboriginal culture. Known as ‘the island of smiles’, the happy Tiwi Islands people are internationally renowned for their individual style of art.

Tiwi Islands Aboriginal art is prized by collectors and has been exhibited around the world. Their history and traditional stories are vividly expressed through paintings, sculptures, ceramics, screen-printed fabrics, etchings, prints and jewellery.

It’s a rich heritage they’ll love to share with you. For a remarkably unique reminder of your Northern Territory holiday, purchase a distinctive piece of Aboriginal art to take home with you.