Cruises from Bathurst Island
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, 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.