If you want to visit, work, conduct research, camp, fish, hunt, or live on the Tiwi Islands, permission must be obtained in accordance with the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976.

No Permit Required to visit Tiwi Island IF

1. SeaLink ferry Wurrumiyanga day visitors and hosted tours

Day visitors travelling on on the SeaLink NT ferry to Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island or visiting the islands on a hosted tour, such as Tiwi Tours, do not need to apply for a permit. Day passes will be issued to visitors.

2. Leaseholders on the Tiwi Islands

If you lease a parcel of land in any community on the Tiwi Islands you do not need a permit to access your lease to carry out your business.

3. Permit-Free Days

From time to time Tiwi Island communities designate Permit-Free days, such as the annual Football Grand Final and art sale held in March at Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island. Permit-Free days are advertised in advance. An exception to Permit-Free: those who seek a Film/Media or Research permit will need to apply for one in all instances.

Information about the permit to Tiwi Island please contact the Tiwi Islands Regional Council or your tour operator.

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