Indigenous Connections – Darwin & The Tiwi Islands

5 days,

4 nights |

from $1249 per person*


The perfect add-on to any Australian vacation or at the conclusion of your Ghan Rail Journey. Indigenous Connections showcases Australia’s Aboriginal heritage from the Tiwi Islands to Arnhem Land.

On arrival in Darwin, you will be met and transferred by private vehicle and driven to your hotel for a 4-night stay. Enjoy a free day to relax and explore Darwin at your leisure.

On your second day, make your way to Dock 3 at Stokes Hill for a Gaze and Graze Cruise. With beautiful views of Darwin city, there is no better way to experience the Top End’s renowned sunsets than on board the ‘Charles Darwin’. Sit back and soak up the water views and stunning sunset as you cruise in comfort and enjoy a range of delicious platters and beverages can be ordered throughout the two-and-a-half-hour cruise.

Next, enjoy a highly personalized cultural experience, when you travel across to the Tiwi Islands to immerse yourself in the busy day of one of the oldest and most artistically diverse art centers in Australia.

Make your way to the Cullen Bay ferry and board the ferry for Wurrumiya. After disembarking in the Aboriginal community of Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island, meet your Tiwi guide who will escort you to Tiwi Design Art Centre where local artists and dancers will perform a traditional Welcome to Country with a smoking ceremony and totem dances. Enjoy a typical Tiwi morning tea of damper and a cuppa whilst getting to know some of the Tiwi Island community members. A walking tour with your guide will take in some of the local painted buildings and the historic mission precinct where you will see the beautiful wooden Catholic church. Learn of the Tiwi Creation Story through the mural in the art center followed by some free time to browse the carvings, paintings and fabric, your best opportunity to purchase authentic Tiwi pieces at Island prices. After a rest and lunch in the shade, participate in an exclusive screen-printing workshop. This is a leisurely day of absorbing the workings of a busy Indigenous art center. Take the time to connect, share where you are from and which footy team you support, ask about the stories you see on the paintings, or ask the artists there to show you their work. Return to Darwin by ferry before making your way back to your hotel.

Depart Darwin and travel through Kakadu National Park to Cahill’s Crossing where often, many crocodiles congregate. After the crossing the remoteness of Arnhem Land is immediately apparent you are now entering Aboriginal lands and permits are required. At this point its dirt roads, less people, a relatively untouched towering landscape that sprawls across the flood plain, and a real sense of isolation to Arnhem Land. While in Arnhem Land, a traditional Aboriginal guide will show excellent examples of rock art on Injalak Hill (Long Tom Dreaming). The view from the top of the hill is simply breathtaking, looking out across the floodplains and around the escarpment. Farewell your Aboriginal guide at the award-winning Injalak Art and Craft Centre, where you will have time to browse the store or watch the traditional Aboriginal people painting and to see the women weaving pandanus baskets. This afternoon you are privileged to have access into the valley, with its stunning scenery of billabongs, birds, escarpment this is truly a place where you can escape and experience this unique untouched haven of the Northern Territory Valley) area on Nayinggul country, this is a very awe inspiring once in a lifetime experience. Return to Darwin early evening.

Your Top End experience concludes with a transfer back to Darwin Airport.

  • One-way transfer from Darwin Rail Station or Airport to Hotel
  • 4 nights Travelodge Resort Darwin
  • Gaze & Graze Darwin Harbour
  • Tiwi Islands by Design
  • Tingana the Creation Mother tour
  • One-way transfer from Hotel to Darwin Airport

All trips include 24-hour emergency travel assistance.

Book by:

June 30, 2022

Valid for travel between:

May 1, 2022 – October 25, 2022

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*Terms & Conditions: Pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting for travel during specified travel dates. Single supplements, black-out dates and seasonal supplements may apply. Airfare is not included unless indicated. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. Airline and hotels frequently change their prices as a result of fare increases and/or fuel surcharges. Prices may increase before full payment for those and other reasons. Package is not combinable with any other offer or discounted vacation package. After full payment, prices are guaranteed except only due to an increase in government-imposed taxes or fees. By paying your deposit, you affirmatively agree to the possibility of such increases. Package is strictly subject to availability, not retroactive and not combinable with any other special or vacation package offer. Minimum night stays or required room types may apply. All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Please call for our current prices. CST#2001136-20

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