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Thursday Island

The 18 islands of the Torres Strait are Australia’s most northerly region, located 39 kilometres north of the Australian mainland. The administrative and business hub of the Torres Strait Islands is Thursday (Waiben) Island. Visitors to Thursday Island can experience one of Australia’s Indigenous cultures, local art, community markets, relics of the pearling industry, colonial architecture and tours of significant sites from World War Two. In September on Thursday Island, The Torres Strait Cultural Festival and a Music Festival are staged on alternate years.

Thursday Island is rich in history. In 1893, the Green Hill Fort was built in 1893 on fears of a Russian invasion. Also, that same year, the All Souls Quetta Memorial Church was built in memory of the Quetta shipwreck in 1890, which killed 133 people when it struck an unknown reef. The Japanese Pearl Memorial is dedicated to the hundreds of pearl divers who died from decompression sickness.

Thursday Island, Torres Area
Queensland
Australia

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Torres Strait Heritage

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From AU$35.00 - 85.00
Walk in the steps of World War Two veterans and the traditional people of Torres Strait with the multi award-winning Torres Strait Heritage, a fifth generation Torres Strait family, enjoying the 'Garrison Town' tour of Thursday Island and the 'In Their Steps' tour of Horn Island. Revel in the Torres Strait Heritage Museum, with its displays of pearling, Torres Strait culture, myths and legends, and World War Two in the area. The museum is the largest and most comprehensive collection of its kind in Torres Strait and a perfect accompaniment to the tours. There is a sumptuous buffet lunch included. The 'Garrison Town' tour is a small group encounter that leads guests through all the best Thursday Island has to offer, from scenic to historical, cultural to heritage, all in the comfort of an air conditioned bus with an entertaining, and informative guide. The 'In Their Steps' tour of Horn Island is a small group experience, an emotive and enlightening journey, allowing guests to explore the most advanced operational Australian airbase during the Second World War. They walk in the veteran's steps, exploring their sites, all while listening to a perfectly balanced commentary between archival records and actual veteran's stories.

Gab Titui Cultural Centre

Thursday Island, Torres Area
The Gab Titui Cultural Centre is located on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait Islands just off the Cape York Peninsula, the most northern point of Australia. Thursday Island is the most developed of the 74 Torres Strait Islands. The Centre has been created through a partnership between the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) and the Queensland Heritage Trails Network (QHTN). The Centre boasts several unique displays that explain the history and culture of the Torres Strait Islanders. This includes an artefacts gallery, workshop areas for local artists and a meeting venue for local educational groups and community events.
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In this vast, remote wilderness near the tip of Cape York Peninsula, the sandstone landscape is dominated by the mighty Jardine River and its many streams and swamps, and is rich in Aboriginal and European cultural heritage. Heath, rainforest and woodland cover low sandy ridges separated by swamps. Shrub lands and vine thickets cover massive coastal dunes. Bush camp at Eliot Falls, beside the Jardine River, or near the coast at Captain Billy Landing and Ussher Point. Enjoy short walks along the creeks at Eliot and Fruit Bat falls, to view crystal-clear water and striking waterfalls. Look for carnivorous pitcher plants and delicate sundews along moist creek margins. At Captain Billy Landing, explore remote scenic beaches.

Bill Peach Journeys

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From AU$11945.00 - 11945.00
Quality without compromise is Bill Peach Journeys' philosophy. Expert guides will escort you on their private aircraft to create spectacular luxury travel experiences of Western Australia. In every itinerary you'll find a stylish and all-encompassing experience. With intimate knowledge of each unique destination, they have forged special relationships with local people who enable privileged access to special places unknown to the everyday traveller. All journeys include all your travel costs - there are no hidden extras, so you know the full cost of your holiday before you leave home. Hotels are chosen to capture each destination's character. Accommodation extends from elegant, centrally located city hotels to small, boutique style establishments in picturesque locations and remote hideaways. Dining options are carefully selected and are often experiences in themselves. Where possible, meals are a-la-carte or self-selection, offering you the freedom to experience each region's distinct character through its local produce. The private aircraft is not restricted by commercial schedules and is able to land at small airports providing direct landings into the heart of each destination. There are no formal check-in procedures at airports and luggage handling is taken care of for you.
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