Sunday 20 March 2016, share in the excitement and colour of the famous Tiwi Islands Grand Final and Art Sale then return to the comfort and privacy of your own luxurious 50ft catamaran. Max 12 guests for this exclusive event.
The Tiwi Islands are just north of Darwin, a pleasant evening’s sail away, and home to a raft of well-known AFL legends including the late Mr M Rioli, Austin Wonaeamirri, Michael Long and Hawthorn star Cyril Rioli.
The Grand Final is one of the most exciting grass-roots events on the AFL calendar, attended by thousands both locally and from far away, and ranked as one of the top tourism experiences in Australia. This is fantastic opportunity to experience the Tiwi Islands at it’s best, whilst being able to step away from the crowds at the end of an exhilarating day.
Prior to the grand final browse and buy Tiwi art, distinctive for its strong design, decorative features and vivid colours. Meet with the artists, and observe life in a modern day vibrant Aboriginal community.
After the football, return to the privacy and quiet of your own yacht: airconditioned, with private chef, airconditioned cabins (2 with private bathrooms), and over 100 square metres of deck space.
This is an exclusive private cruise that allows you to participate in all of the football and art sale events, but avoid the snaking queues for ferries and flights.
**You’re welcome to sleep in a swag on deck under a sky of diamonds rather than in airconditioned cabins, if that’s what you prefer. It’s about you.
Embark at Cullen Bay Jetty in Darwin at about 4pm for a briefing and complimentary welcome champagne. Departing Cullen Bay around 4:30pm, we leave our worries behind as we set sail into the sunset north to the Tiwi Islands with sundowners, and a sumptuous dinner aboard prepared by your private 5-star chef. Guests are welcome to assist with sailing activities, spread out on deck, or retreat into your private airconditioned cabins. We arrive at the Tiwi Islands around 11pm for a peaceful night’s sleep aboard at a quiet anchorage in the Apsley Strait.
After a good night’s rest and a slow leisurely breakfast we’ll go ashore at a time that suits you, to join in the day’s festivities – meet with local artists, learn about the island’s culture and customs, be amazed by the intricate Pukamani poles, listen to the stories, marvel at the beautiful smiles.
The football Grand Final kicks off around 1 or 2pm depending on when ceremonies finish and the locals say “go”. Join thousands and they whistle and whoop and try to spot the next AFL legend born from their island.
At the end of the day we return you to the quiet and privacy of Sundancer for sundowners and dinner, and again a peaceful night’s sleep in the calm waters of Apsley Strait.
We’ll set sail early, around 6am, and sail south east back towards Cullen Bay. Breakfast is taken on deck underway (or sleep the whole passage if you prefer), arriving back in Darwin around midday.