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Cruises visiting Bathurst Island & all Bathurst Island cruises for  2019

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Bathurst Island lies 75 km to the north of Darwin in the Arafura Sea, and together with the larger Melville Island makes up the Twi Islands, part of Australia’s Northern Territory. The largest settlement on Bathurst is Wurrumiyanga with a population of around 1450. Most residents are the indigenous Twi people, with Twi as their first language. The islands were visited by Macassan traders, and Dutch sailors from the early 1700s. European settlement began in 1824, and a Catholic mission in 1911. Control of the islands transferred to the traditional owners in 1978.

The Tiwi people’s distinctive artistic style is popular with collectors world-wide, who snap up bark paintings, textiles, pottery and wood carvings. Cloth art is dyed after the batik wax process. During March when the annual football (‘Aussie Rules’) grand final, which is accompanied by an art sale, is held in Nguiu, visitors from all over the country flock to Bathurst Island. It truly is a unique celebration for the local community as well as the thousands of visitors who fly in from Darwin for the day. Many notable VFL players have come from the Twi Islands.

Not to be missed is the beautifully preserved wooden church built in the 1930s, and no visit to Bathurst Island would be complete without a tour of its arts and craft galleries. Bathurst Island has the dubious distinction of being the first place in Australia to experience foreign invasion when, on 19 February 1942, Japanese bombers on their way to Darwin bombed Nguiu, which is the largest of several Aboriginal communities on the island. Bathurst Island was Mission Island in the 2008 Baz Luhrmann film 'Australia'.

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