Tiwi Islands – A Romantic Paradise Holding Tourists’ Feet
Australia's remote Tiwi Islands are a wild and romantic paradise, together with the rich cultural heritage of the Tiwi Aboriginal people promising to provide an enjoyable experience for visitors.
Tiwi Islands - a romantic paradise holding tourists' feet
Boy standing in front of the beach at sunset on Melville Island in Tiwi Islands - Photo: DAVID MAURICE SMITH, OCULI / NG
According to the Travel section of National Geographic magazine, the Tiwi Islands are located at the meeting point between the warm waters of Timor and Arafura, off the coast of Northern Territory (Northern Territory).
The Tiwi archipelago consists of 11 large and small islands covering an area of nearly 7,800 km² with a unique ecosystem, including mangrove forests, eucalyptus forests and pristine white sand beaches.
According to Lonely Planet, the main settlements on the Tiwi archipelago are Wurrumiyanga in southeast Bathurst and the Pirlangimpi, Milikapiti area on Melville Island.
Wild horses near the Pirlangimpi residential area on Melville Island - Photo: DAVID MAURICE SMITH, OCULI / NG
The winding river flowing through the Tiwi Islands was captured by helicopter - Photo: DAVID MAURICE SMITH, OCULI / NG
Fishing at Melville Island - Photo: OCULI / NG
Tourism in the Tiwi Islands is limited to visitors
Due to its wild nature, if visiting the Tiwi archipelago, visitors must be equipped with skills "dust travel" and fully prepare the necessary tools for the trip
Coming to the Tiwi Islands, visitors also participate in other activities such as fishing, Australian football (footy) and learn about the unique handicraft village with batik fabrics, silk, knitting rings, seashells with high quality drawings, wood sculptures and ceramics.
A group of children playing Australian football in the rain in Pirlangimpi residential area, Melville Island - Photo: DAVID MAURICE SMITH, OCULI / NG
The dogs surrounded the girl on the village road in Pirlangimpi, Melville Island - Photo: DAVID MAURICE SMITH, OCULI / NG
Tiwis use clay to paint and decorate their faces, a traditional feature of the Tiwi Islands - Photo: DAVID MAURICE SMITH, OCULI / NG
Two young men bathing in a lake - Photo: DAVID MAURICE SMITH, OCULI / NG
In addition to its natural beauty, Tiwi Island also has a rich biodiversity as it is home to 56 species of birds, crocodiles, dolphins, sea turtles and dugongs.
The Tiwis, mainly indigenous people living in isolation on this island for thousands of years, have "nurtured" their distinct culture and language passed down through generations.
Perhaps most unique in traditional Tiwi culture are colorful wooden columns (called pukumani) drawn from natural dyes for decorative use in cemetery funeral rites.
Activities such as dancing and music and performing arts are performed by the Tiwi Aboriginal people at the burial site to help the soul of the deceased (called mobiditi) be at peace.
Smoke rising from the wildfire is seen from afar - Photo: DAVID MAURICE SMITH, OCULI / NG
Tiwi little girls holding wallaby kangaroos - Photo: DAVID MAURICE SMITH, OCULI / NG
A forest fire in the dry season on Melville Island was under control - Photo: DAVID MAURICE SMITH, OCULI / NG
A two-mouthed stingray with a fins of about 3m swims over the Tiwi Islands waters seen from a helicopter - Photo: DAVID MAURICE SMITH, OCULI / NG
Children fish on the coast of Melville Island - Photo: DAVID MAURICE SMITH, OCULI / NG
The view of the dirt road full of dust after a tourist car passed on Melville Island - Photo: DAVID MAURICE SMITH, OCULI / NG
Tiwi children use spears to hunt fish - Photo: DAVID MAURICE SMITH, OCULI / NG
According to Huynh Phuong / Youth
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