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Thursday Island

Thursday Island, now identified as one of the last great frontiers in Australia, boasts some great Australian history. In 1880 Thursday Island acted as the defence centre for Australia and evidence of this still exists, with cannons still in the original positions. It is located 35 kilometres north-west on the tip of Cape York. A majority of the residents are involved in some way with the Island’s new three major industries of pearling, crayfishing and trochus.

Thursday Island also has facilities such as a sporting complex for basketball and volleyball, an Olympic size swimming pool, a football oval, a primary and secondary school, a general hospital (outpatient), the Torres Strait Campus (Tafe) – part of James Cook University, ambulance and police services.

Distance from Brisbane (State Capital): 3,040 kilometres.

For more information visit www.tsra.gov.au.

Activites and Experiences at Thursday Island

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Experience the Torres Strait Islander culture and take a tour of the island or visit the museum to view artefacts from the Torres Islanders, which include ceremonial masks, spears, canoes, paintings and statues. Thursday Island also hosts a cultural festival each year and includes many people from other islands in the Torres Strait. It is a wonderful way to see traditional dances, buy hand made arts and crafts and sample traditional foods.
  • Cruising Enjoy a ferry cruise from Cape York to Thursday Island.
  • Exercising Thursday Island has facilities such as a sporting complex for basketball and volleyball, an Olympic size swimming pool and a football oval. Alternatively, enjoy a scenic hike or a game of lawn bowls.
  • Gambling Thursday Island has a TAB.
  • Scenic Flight Take a fantastic helicopter joy ride over Thursday Island and the Torres Strait, you will be in awe at the captivating landscape and blue ocean waters as you leave the most northern part of the Australian mainland.
  • Sightseeing Take a tour of the island and see all the wonderful sights of this Torres Strait Island, including spectacular views, historic sites and aircraft wrecks.
  • Swimming Thursday Island has a public Olympic size swimming pool.
  • Walking Take scenic hike on this historic island and wonder at its beauty.
  • Accommodation
  • Ambulance
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Banking Facilities
  • Boat Ramp
  • Chemist
  • Licensed Club
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Fuel
  • Hospital
  • Medical Facilities
  • Newsagent
  • Police
  • Post Office
  • Restaurant
  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool
  • Visitor Centres
  • Places of Worship
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Experience the Torres Strait Islander culture and take a tour of the island or visit the museum to view artefacts from the Torres Islanders, which include ceremonial masks, spears, canoes, paintings and statues. Thursday Island also hosts a cultural festival each year and includes many people from other islands in the Torres Strait. It is a wonderful way to see traditional dances, buy hand made arts and crafts and sample traditional foods.
  • Adventure Take a four-wheel drive tour across this magnificent rugged landscape.
  • The Arts Visit the local museum to view spectacular artwork from the Torres Islanders, their work includes ceremonial masks, paintings and statues. Local market stalls also offer a wonderful opportunity to see local artwork.
  • Cruise Enjoy a ferry cruise from Cape York to Thursday Island it’s a delightful way to see turtles and dugongs and other marine life.
  • Cultural Experience the Torres Strait Islander culture and take a tour of the island or visit the museum to view artefacts from the Torres Islanders, which include ceremonial masks, spears, canoes, paintings and statues. Thursday Island also hosts a cultural festival each year and includes many people from other islands in the Torres Strait. It is a wonderful way to see traditional dances, buy hand made arts and crafts and sample traditional foods. Thursday Island includes descendants from the many races who came to Thursday Island during the pearling boom, including Malay, Japanese, Chinese, European, Pacific Islanders and Aboriginals.
  • Educational Thursday Island houses the Torres Strait Campus of TAFE (Technical and Further Education) which is part of James Cook University.
  • Historic/Heritage Thursday Island, now identified as one of the last great frontiers in Australia, holds some great Australian history. In 1880 Thursday Island acted as the defence centre for Australia and evidence of this still exists in that the cannons still remain in place. An island tour is well worth while, taking in spectacular views, historic sites and aircraft wrecks. Thursday Island includes descendants from the many races who came to Thursday Island during the pearling boom, including Malay, Japanese, Chinese, European, Pacific Islanders and Aboriginals. A wander through the local cemetery shows the number of divers, including many Japanese, who lost their lives searching for the elusive shell.
  • Island Thursday Island is located 35 kilometres northwest off the tip of Cape York, and carries out the role as the administration centre for the Torres Strait, which covers a vast area and consists of approximately 138 islands. Enjoy a tour of Thursday Island on a ferry or charter boat.
  • Marine The waters surrounding Thursday Island are home to an abundance of marine life including turtles, dugongs, crocodiles, sharks and many varieties of fish.
  • Nightlife Enjoy a night out at the local night club.
  • Remote Thursday Island is a remote island in the Torres Strait which is part of the state of Queensland and is located 3 040 kilometres from the state capital Brisbane.
  • Shopping Thursday Island has a department store, supermarket and various speciality shops.
  • Wilderness Take a Cape York four wheel drive tour and see this uncultivated region left in its natural condition.
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)

Nearest Airport: Horn Island

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