2. Immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture on the Tiwi Islands, north of Darwin
Just 80km north of Darwin, the Tiwi Islands – the collective name for Bathurst and Melville islands – are fast becoming a must-see destination for tourists keen to experience authentic Aboriginal culture. All it takes is a 30 minute flight or a couple of hours by ferry and you’re there.
Learn about traditional Australian art and burial rituals, enjoy totem dances and a smoking ceremony, take in a game of Australian rules football, or get in a spot of fishing at some of the most secluded retreats in the world. The Tiwi Islands offer the perfect blend of nature and culture, and they truly are like nowhere else in the world.
If you want an organised tour, reputable operators include Tiwi Islands Adventures, AAT Kings and SeaLink. If you're going it alone, make sure you contact the Tiwi Land Council for all the appropriate permits.
There’s a reason the area is nicknamed the ‘Island of Smiles’. Head to the Tiwi Islands and find out why.