New tour reveals life in the Australia’s “the island of smiles”

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

Melville island

SeaLink organizes new tours to the Australian Tiwi Islands which is located 40 nautical miles across the Arafura Sea north of Darwin. Visitors to the Northern Territory’s Tiwi Islands have the chance to immerse themselves in “the island of smiles”, famous for its traditional lifestyle, art and love of Australian football.

The Tiwi people have largely unrestricted access to use their own land and have a number of business enterprises including forestry and tourism. Melville Island is the second largest island in the Australian mainland spanning 570,000 hectares.

Operated by SeaLink in partnership with the traditional owners of the Tiwi Islands, through Tiwi Island Adventures (TIA), guests can stay in a coastal wilderness lodge, enjoy a traditional smoking ceremony, Tiwi Art, join a sunset turtle discovery tour and take a scenic flight to Melville Island to the remote Milikapiti township.

SeaLink is committed to growing new tourism markets in the Northern Territory and this new tour will benefit the Tiwi Island people through a unique business agreement.

The three day Ultimate Tiwi Island tour is limited to just 12 guests per tour and is based at the remote Bathurst Island Lodge, which has recently undergone a $2m investment. An optional add-on is also available extending the tour by a day, taking in the wilderness of Melville Island and a remote adventure along the Goose Creek river system.

The tours will run for an exclusive and limited season, from 24 June to 11 September 2015.

The tours are being launched in a partnership with NT Tourism nationally and internationally and will be offered through Australia’s tourism trade to assist market penetration and distribution.

The Ultimate Tiwi Islands tour includes SeaLink ferry or flights from Darwin, an art workshop with local artists, walking tour, accommodation, meals and non-alcoholic drinks, a wilderness adventure cruise, fishing options, turtle tour, a scenic flight to Melville Island and museum and art center tours and is priced from $2425 per person.

A day trip out of Darwin to the Tiwi Designs center is also available on Thursday and Friday’s and will operate from 1 April to 11 December from $319 per person.

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