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Melville Island

Melville Island, along with nearby Bathurst Island, is part of the Tiwi Islands, about 80 kilometres to the north of Darwin in the Arafura Sea. Melville Island is Australia's second largest island after Tasmania. Melville Island isn't open to the public for general tourism, but can be visited on an organised tour or fishing charter. Melville Island was first sighted by Abel Tasman in 1644 on his way from Batavia. In 1818 Phillip Parker King explored the island (he named it after Viscount Melville) and was surprised to discover that the local Aboriginal people knew some Portuguese words. He deduced they had made contact with Portuguese sailors after a Portuguese ship had been wrecked nearby. Ownership of Melville Island was returned to the Tiwi people in 1978, and like Bathurst Island, it is run by the Tiwi Land Council. Milikapiti, Pirlangimpi and Paru are the main communities, which are serviced by schools, sports ovals, museums and art and craft galleries.

Melville Island

Melville Island: Events

Tiwi Island Football Season

The NTFL is kicking off with some great games being played on the Tiwi Islands. SeaLink is running special ferry services to Wurrumiyanga for the NTFL games on the Tiwi Islands.

Thursday 26 January 2017 - Tiwi State of Origin - Melville vs. Bathurst
Sunday 19 March 2017 - Tiwi Island Football Grand Final

Sealink NT Ferries will depart Cullen Bay at 11.00 am, for the 3.00 clock games and depart at 6.00 pm for Darwin.

Come up and support your team, be part of all the fun and see a great game of footy on Tiwi soil.

Book online:
Or Call 1300 130 679

Event Dates
      26th Jan

Tiwi Islands, NT, 0822

Located 18.0K from Melville Island

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