Tiwi Islands

Natural Attractions

Known as ‘the islands of smiles’, the Tiwi Islands are popular for their Aboriginal culture, tropical island scenery and blue-water fishing. Comprising Bathurst and Melville Island (Australia’s second largest island after Tasmania), the Tiwi Islands are situated 100 kilometres to the north of Darwin.

Experience the Tiwi Islands as part of an organised Aboriginal day tour and learn about the cultural and linguistic differences between the Polynesian-influenced Tiwi people and the indigenous people of Arnhem Land just across the water.

The Tiwi Islands are famous for their diverse and thrilling fishing and the consistent conditions year-round. Book in at one of the local fishing lodges, or join a fishing expedition.

Along the islands’ coastal landscape you will see dense rainforest, sandy beaches and rock pools. The islands’ isolation and extremely high rainfall means they support many species not recorded elsewhere in the NT (or in the world). The islands host the world’s largest breeding colony of Crested Terns and a large population of the vulnerable olive ridley turtle.

Access is via light aircraft from Darwin, or ferry across the Timor Sea to Bathurst Island. A car ferry connects the two islands at the narrowest point between them.


Picnic Area Public Toilet Swimming Walk

Nearby Things to Do

View All
St Therese’s Catholic Church at Wurrumiyanga – Altar and decorated Chancel Detail

Catholic Church Precinct

Wurrumiyanga, Tiwi Islands

Pukamani Poles and Interpretative displays within the museum.

Patakijiyali Museum

Wurrumiyanga, Tiwi Islands

Tiwi Design - artists, Tiwi Islands Area Northern Territory

Tiwi Design Aboriginal Corporation

Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands

Nearby Accommodation

View All
Oaks Elan Darwin

Oaks Elan Darwin


Lounge Room

Ninteen on Nudl

Stuart Park, Darwin

Front of building

Quest Berrimah

Berrimah, Darwin

Contact Us