Local Tiwi Islands man in traditional body paint
A couple of tourists on the ferry to the Tiwi Islands
SeaLink Northern Territory

SeaLink Northern Territory

SeaLink Northern Territory connects remote communities and creates brilliant experiences for locals and tourists alike on our passenger ferries and bus services in the Top End.

Built especially for remote locations, the SeaLink NT ferries are capable of beach landings, carrying large numbers of passengers in comfort, and are all equipped with kiosks, toilets, air-conditioned cabins, and spacious outdoor decking.

SeaLink NT connects the Tiwi community to Darwin up to 4 days a week in the peak tourist season as well as offering visitors the opportunity to explore and experience the rich and wonderful art culture of the Tiwi Islands.

The SeaLink NT Mandorah ferry service runs up to 14 times a day and connects residents of the Cox Peninsula to Darwin by a fast ferry service. Wagait Beach, the Cox Country Club, and the Mandorah Jetty are all local and visitor hotspots for fishing, exploring, and just ‘getting out of town’.

Cruises are available to Crab Claw Island Resort in Bynoe Harbour for an all-Australian seafood buffet, private charters can be booked to secluded beach and sandbars, and harbour cruises run every day for visitors to get their bearings as they arrive in Darwin.

  • Information

    Facilities

    • Free Wifi

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    • Quality Tourism Accreditation
  • Tours

    Tiwi by Design - Tiwi Islands Day Tour

    Immerse yourself in this premium SeaLink Tiwi Islands art and culture day tour.

    A highly personalised experience; this leisurely walking tour visits all the places of interest with your friendly Tiwi guide. After disembarking in the Aboriginal community of Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island, you'll be escorted to Tiwi Design where local artists and dancers will perform a formal Welcome to Country with a smoking ceremony and totem dances.

    Enjoy a typical Tiwi morning tea of damper and a cuppa while getting to know some of the Tiwi Island community members. Explore the Mission Precinct with your knowledgeable guide telling stories of life and culture in the Tiwi Islands.

    Visit the Patakijiyali Museum with your guide to learn the history of the Mission days, the Tiwi Creation story, Tiwi involvement in WWII and most importantly (to the Tiwi!), celebrated football players!

    After a rest and lunch in the shade, it’s time to re-visit Tiwi Design and participate in an exclusive ‘behind-the-scenes’ screen printing workshop. Choose from contemporary or traditional Tiwi design to print onto a take-home t-shirt, tea towel or fabric – a wonderful souvenir of your Tiwi visit.

    Darwin Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

    Come on board for a 45-minute highlights cruise on Darwin's beautiful harbour. Sit back, relax and enjoy a different perspective of Darwin city & historic city wharves from our open sundeck or the air-conditioned cabin.

    Our Skippers provide commentary on Darwin's history including our involvement in WWII and the bombing of Darwin, cyclone Tracey as well as today's modern Darwin.

    Tickets sold at the ferry terminal from 11:30am or book online. Snacks & drinks are available for purchase onboard.

    OPERATES EVERY DAY
    Departs Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal at 11.55am, returns at 12.40pm. Meets the Darwin Explorer timetable. Tickets available for purchase at the ferry terminal from 11am.

    Crab Claw Island Resort Lunch & Cruise

    Enjoy a relaxing cruise from Darwin to Crab Claw Island Resort for a delicious seafood buffet.
    Cruise from Darwin around the Cox Peninsula and into Bynoe Harbour, disembarking right on the beach at the remote Crab Claw Island Resort where you’ll indulge in a delicious all-Australian seafood buffet lunch.

    Feast on locally caught barramundi, thread fin salmon and prawns, SA oysters, Black Angus porterhouse steak, fresh salads and dessert; all while taking in the stunning harbour views and enjoying a drink or two with friends.

    Spend the afternoon relaxing in the bar, floating in the resort pools or explore further afield through the wildlife sanctuary before cruising back to Cullen Bay.

    Half Day Mandorah Explorer

    Our most-asked question must be "What's on the other side of the Harbour?" The Half Day Mandorah Explorer Tour gives you the opportunity to find out.

    The tour commences on the 7:45am Cullen Bay to Mandorah commuter ferry, giving you the first clue about life for those who live on 'the other side'. (Mandorah & Wagait Beach residents call Darwin the 'dark side'!). For the majority of residents, the ferry service is their daily commute to school, shopping, sport and work.

    Hear about the development of the Wagait Beach community, see the beaches, WWII history, keep your eyes peeled for our Top End birdlife and wallabies.

    You will learn about the amazing structure of Mandorah Jetty and why it is built the way it is. West Point submarine nets and how they stopped an enemy sub during WWII. The white sandy Wagait Beach, her community and role in WWII. Visit the resting place of Milady, an American B-24 aircraft, respectfully cared-for and those lost remembered. You might spot a Beach Stone-Curlew or White-bellied Sea-eagle. What rock formations can you discover at low tide?

    Morning tea is included and your guide will find a shady spot to relax.

    Luxury Overnight Tiwi Islands Escape

    This exclusive package accommodation is at the luxurious Tiwi Island Retreat and includes the journey to Wurrumiyanga for the Tiwi by Design tour and much more.

    Take the ferry from Darwin to Bathurst Island (Wurrumiyanga) then travel across Bathurst Island by 4WD to meet your sea transfer to the remote beachfront Tiwi Island Retreat. Fish from the beach, relax by the pool, experience the Tiwi sunset and canapes on the beach. In the evening you'll enjoy a chef-prepared dinner on the deck.

    On your second day you'll rise for a tropical breakfast and transfer to Wurrumiyanga to immerse yourself in Tiwi art and culture. Participate in a smoking ceremony, meet Tiwi artists, be guided on a walking tour through the Patakitjiyali Museum and Mission Precinct and screen print your own take-home souvenir. This afternoon you'll return to Darwin on the afternoon ferry.

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