Thursday Island Travel Guide

  • Monument to Luis Torres
    Monument to Luis Torres
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    welcome to Thursday island
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Thursday Island Things to Do

  • Gab Titui Cultural Centre

    The cultural centre offers a unique glimpse into the lives and traditions of Australia's indigenous people. It is an interpretive display to establish the link between traditions and modern culture, as well as the diverse geography of the Torres Strait and the people's spiritual and practical connection with the sea. During the dry season (June -...

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  • Visit the Fort

    A visit to the fort on top of Green Hill is a must. This was the play place for my brothers and me when we lived there as my dad's work place was on the top of the hill - unfortunately this has now been pulled down, as has our house. My brother went back in the 80's with the army to do up the cannons. Sunsets from here are spectacular, as you can...

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  • Infantry Monument

    Right in the town centre one finds a monument remembering the deaths of the fallen soldiers in the various wars.

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  • Aplin Road Cemetery

    The Aplin Road Cemetery, where two of the victims from the Quetta shipwreck are buried, has tiled Islander tombs and depressing numbers of Japanese graves, each marked by a short pillar and kanji inscription.

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  • All Souls Quetta Memorial Church

    The All Souls Quetta Memorial Church was built in 1893 in memory of the shipwreck of the Quetta, which struck an uncharted reef in the Adolphus Channel in 1890. More than 130 lives were lost.

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  • Sea and Pearl Museum

    Another collection in the Green Hill Fort is dedicated to the pearl fishing industry and importance of the sea in the Torres Strait. The original Booby Island Lighthouse lens also features in the display.

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  • Military Museum

    Part of the Green Hill Fort is a collection of Military artefacts showing the start of the Fort as well as during the times of the Second World War when Australian Forces were stationed here to protect Northern Australia against possible Japanese threat.

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  • View from Fort Green Hill

    Since the Fort is on one of the highest points of Thursday Island the view is quiet spectacular to all the islands of the Torres Strait such as the Wednesday and Friday Islands as well as the Prince of Charles Island which lays opposite to the port.

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  • Green Hill Fort

    Overlooking the entire island is Green Hill Fort. First manned in 1893 after 30 men took two years to excavate and build it. During the Second World War the threat of a possible Japanese Invasion saw Australian tropps occupy the island and also man outposts on surrounding islands. Today the Fort Houses two museums.

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Thursday Island Transportation

  • Cairns to Thursday Island by Boat

    Seaswift operate a cargo barge with passenger berths weekly from Cairns to Thursday Island and Seisia. They can ship you and your 4WD back to Cairns if you only wish to drive one way to Cape York.

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  • Flight Service to Thursday Island

    Qantaslink operate daily flights from Cairns to Horn Island. There is no airstrip on Thursday Island therefore one lands on nearby Horn Island. A ferry or water taxi transports guests then to the island.

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  • Peddell's Thursday Island Tours

    We took a short tour of Thursday Island with Peddell's Thursday Island Tours in what I could imagine is the only tour operator in this part of the world. The guide Sue was great and she gave us a comprehensive overview of the history and other aspects of the island.

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Thursday Island Local Customs

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    by MikeAtSea Written Dec 30, 2004

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    The Coming of the Light festival marks the day the London Missionary Society first arrived in Torres Strait. The missionaries landed at Erub Island on 1 July 1871.
    This is a significant day for Torres Strait Islanders, who are predominantly of christian faith, and religious and cultural ceremonies across Torres Strait and mainland Australia are held on this day. The local media gives details about all the events.

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Thursday Island Warnings and Dangers

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    by MikeAtSea Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Australia has got a very strict policy of what one can take into the country and what not.
    Most of the food items are prohibited upon arrival and even if you have an apple in your hand luggage you may get fined.
    If in doubt check the web page link below and see what you can bring with you.

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