The Tiwi Islands
Melville and Bathurst Islands are collectively known as the Tiwi Islands; the home of the Tiwi people.
The islands are 8,320 square kilometers of eucalypt, paperbark and monsoon vine forest, coastal wetlands, secluded waterfalls and deserted beaches. An extensive and magnificent array of barely touched mangrove lined river and creek systems, sand flats and coastal reefs, all abundant with marine life, means the Islands are an unspoiled paradise. In addition to its natural beauty and marine life, which also includes crocodiles, dolphins, sea turtles and dugong, the Islands are also home to a stunning array of bird and animal life, such as buffalo, wallabies, bandicoots, flying fox, kingfishers, jabiru, parrots, eagles, falcons and hawks plus countless varieties of water and wading birds.There are some 56 species of birds, 27 species of reptiles and 19 species of mammals.
There are extensive water resources in the form of springs and bore water, and each community is supplied by bore water.
- Map of Tiwi Islands Shire showing electoral wards
- Map of Tiwi Islands showing Shire boundaries
- Map of Tiwi Islands showing Spring Flows
- Tiwi language Map