The Amateur Fisherman’s Association of the Northern Territory (AFANT) has been appointed to administer the permits. At time of writing, permits cost $55.00 for a boat maximum of 4 people. If more than 4 people in one boat there is a charge of $27.50 per person GST inclusive and a $70 refundable deposit on flag to identify permit holders. The Tiwi people receive $45 (inc GST) of the permit and AFANT $10 for administration. Contact details below.
Bathurst Island is where the majority of the Tiwi Aboriginal people live. In 1911 Nguiu, which is the main settlement on Bathurst Island was founded as a Catholic Mission. There are tours to Nguiu from Darwin which includes your flights, visit to several catholic missions and the unique burial grounds with carved wooden headstones. Most tours include a visit to Melville Island and the settlements of Milikapiti and Pularumpi. In fact using a local tour company is an ideal way to visit the islands, as they will manage all permit requirements.
The main settlements on Melville Island are Milikapiti and Pularumpi, and a visit to Melville is incorporated into many tours to the islands. The main tour company is Tiwi Tours which run several different tours Ph: 1800 183 630. A tour is probably the best way to see the islands and you don’t have to worry about permits.
Popular period to the region is September through to November. In addition to
our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor
centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other