Tiwi Islands

Australia is a land loaded with beauty. As far as your eyes can see, you will find jaw dropping and heavenly views. This land is home to many noted mountains, lakes, beaches, national parks, islands and what not. Every place, here, is visited by n number of tourists annually. The islands in Australia receive a host of travelers. Every island is breathtakingly beautiful. Each island has its own unique beauty. The Tiwi islands, are one such group of islands noted for their panoramic views. They are quite popular among the tourists and no tourist return back without visiting these islands. There is so much to explore and see in these islands that they are always a popular spot with tourists.

The Tiwi islands are a group of two major and 9 smaller uninhabited islands. the two major islands are  Melville Island and Bathurst Island. The nine small islands are Buchanan, Seagull, Harris, Karslake, Clift, Turiturina, Irritutu, Matingalia and Nodlaw.  These islands togetherly form the Tiwi islands.

Tiwi Islands
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Location of Tiwi Islands

The Tiwi Islands are Northern Territory’s part of Australia. They are situated 80 km north of Darwin, the place where the Arafura Sea and the Timor Sea join.

History of Tiwi Islands

The Tiwi Islands were home to the Indigenous Australian people. They have inhabited this island for about 7000 years. The European settlement on the Tiwi Islands began in the year 1824. The first settlement was at Fort Dundas, near the current Pirlangimpi on the Melville Island.

Attributes of Tiwi Islands

The Tiwi Island are the epitome of Indigenous Australian art. The inhabitants of this island are of Aboriginal descent. These islands still have the Indigenous Australia in its heart. This island is also famous for the annual football.

Things To Do

Be a part of annual football and art sale. Bathurst Island is the place to be, if you want to have a closer look at the Tiwi Island art and enjoy the annual football final. The football lovers are surely going to have a good time on the Tiwi Islands.

This is a paradise for art lovers. The art galleries are the best way to appreciate the beauty of Aboriginal art. The art is celebrated here like anything.

You can also join a guided fishing trip and enjoy fishing here. Enjoy the picturesque views of the islands. The pristine white sand beaches, the dense jungles, rainforests and the clay like cliffs form mesmerizing scenery.

You can also join a tour guided by a local Indigenous guide to know more about the Indigenous culture and the rich culture and history of the place.


Melville Island is the second largest Tiwi island in Australia after Tasmania.

90% of population in the Island is descendent of the Aboriginal Australians.

It is a beautiful place to explore. This place has a lot to offer to the nature lovers, art lovers and soccer lovers. Celebrate art and football, here at the islands. Do not miss the Tiwi Island when you visit Australia.

If you are a history lover and an art buff, do visit the Tiwi Island. But, if you have already explored it, we would love to know more about your journey and excursion. Share with us your stories, here.

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Dave Peterson

Dave Peterson Passion for adventure and sharing his life long journey with as many others as possible. "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." HENRY S. HASKINS

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