The Tiwi Islands are made up of two islands – Bathurst and Melville, which are 80 kilometres north of Darwin. Take a day tour from Darwin to the Tiwi Islands and find out why they are nicknamed the 'Island of Smiles'. The Tiwi Island people are famous for their art, which hangs in many galleries around the world.

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The Tiwi Islands comprise two islands – Bathurst and Melville, which are 80 kilometres north of Darwin. The Tiwi Islands are famous for their traditional lifestyle, art and love of AFL. Take a day tour from Darwin to the Tiwi Islands to find out why they are nicknamed the 'Island of Smiles'.

The Tiwi people are famous for their art, which hangs in galleries around the world. Everywhere you look you will see art decorating schools, on carved burial poles, adorning the altar of the white wooden church and in the islands' renowned art centres. Visit an art centre to meet the artists, watch them paint, weave, sculpt and carve and learn the story behind their distinctive pieces. You can purchase artworks directly from the artist at reasonable prices.

Sit down with the 'morning tea ladies', a group of Tiwi women elders who serve damper and billy tea. Learn how to weave pandanus and get a feel for what everyday life is like. Then witness dancing and a smoking ceremony and find out the meaning behind these traditional rituals.

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