If you’re after tranquility, culture and stunningly clear water - this island destination is for you.
The 274 islands that make up the Torres Strait IslandsOpens external site in a new window are a melting pot of Melanesian and Aboriginal Australian culture.
ThursdayOpens external site in a new window and HornOpens external site in a new window Islands also play an important part in Australia’s military history, and were once one of the richest pearl diving sites in the world.
Today, the pearling industry is still alive and well, and tours run by proud locals are a popular way to explore the unique historical sites, fishing spots and relaxed lifestyle of this water-based region.
On Thursday Island you’ll feel a million miles away from anywhere - here are some of the unique activities and attractions you'll find.
- Join a Peddell’sOpens external site in a new window Thursday Island Tour for a glimpse in to the culture and history of the Torres Strait Islands.
- Learn about the region’s military past at Green Hill Fort and the Torres Strait Heritage MuseumOpens external site in a new window.
- Visit the world’s largest collection of Torres Strait History at Horn island Heritage Museum.
- Browse contemporary Indigenous art at Gab Titui Cultural CentreOpens external site in a new window on Thursday Island.
- Experience a birds'-eye view tours of the Torres Strait Island Group with a helicopter tour departing from Thursday Island.
Whether you stick to the popular Thursday Island, or venture out to the broader Torres Strait - you’re sure to fall in love with the cultural heritage and relaxed way of life.
Horn Island and Thursday Island
Thursday Island is the best known of the Torres Strait Island group and is easily reached by ferry from Horn Island - with the trip taking only 15 minutes.
Here you’ll find many sites, activities and attractions that showcase the military and maritime history and cultural heritage of the region, as well as a relaxing beachfront and accommodation options. Visit the Gabi Titui Cultural CentreOpens external site in a new window and the popular Green Hill Fort - the latter was once an important part of Australia’s military defence and a great vantage point for a view to neighbouring islands.
For dinner and a drink, there’s no better place to get to know the locals than the Torres Strait Hotel.
On Horn Island, be sure to visit the Torres Strait Heritage Museum and Art GalleryOpens external site in a new window to see the displays on the pearl diving era, Indigenous history and artefacts - and If you’re after a spot of fishing, Horn Island Wharf is the place to be and is popular with local fishermen.
The Torres Strait Islands
The Torres Strait stretches from the northern tip of Queensland all the way to Papua New Guinea.
Made up of 274 islands, some of the islands are accessible by ferry, but private tour groups or local operators can organise visits off the beaten track.
If you plan to explore, you will need prior approval by Torres Strait Regional AuthorityOpens external site in a new window for permits to visit all islands except Horn and Thursday Islands.
Neighbouring islands include Friday, Prince of Wales, Wednesday and Hammond Islands - some of which can be seen from lookout points on Thursday Island, where most transport options are based.
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Horn Island experiences a very warm tropical climate. The wet season runs from December to April when heavy rainfall and humidity is common.There is little humidity and rainfall between May and November. Temperatures are consistent throughout the year with averages between 23°C and 32°C.
From the airport
Horn Island AirportOpens external site in a new window is the only major airport in the Torres Strait - with ferry services or charters available to Thursday Island, the North of Cape York and much of the Torres Strait Island group.
In and around the city
Thursday island is small and easily explored on foot. Ferry services link Horn Island with Thursday Island within 15 minutes.