Tiwi Islands

Located roughly 80km north of Darwin, the Tiwi Islands boast rich cultural history and economic diversity with good potential for future growth.

The Tiwi Islands are made up of two main islands, which are Bathurst and Melville.

Melville Island is the second largest Australian island after Tasmania. The geographic area of the Tiwi Islands is over 3,000km².

Aboriginal Australian art, tourism, forestry plantations and mineral sand mining (with exports to China) are some of the locally generated internationally recognised industries on the islands.

There are also retail opportunities, construction ventures, and community and government service provision supporting the local economy.

Australian Rules Football generates national and international attention, with several Tiwi Islands players exported to the ‘big league’.

The strong water flows in the Apsley Strait, which separates the two main islands, present opportunities for future power generation.

For more information on the Central Australia region, go to bushtel.nt.gov.au

Last updated: 24 September 2021

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