Torres Strait

Clustered above Cape York, the virtually untouched 274 Torres Strait Islands, including Thursday and Horn Islands, have a rich World War II and pearl diving history. 

Island home & history

  • Catch a boat from Bamaga on the mainland or a flight from Cairns to Thursday Island to visit the cultural centre, showcasing historical indigenous art and artefacts from more than 70 artists and 20 island communities.
  • Go ‘walkabout’ with Aboriginal guides and listen to the stories of 40,000 year old culture while learning to hunt and spear fish the traditional way. 
  • Admire the vibrant headdresses and prints of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at the community markets on Thursday Island.
  • Join an emotive and history-soaked walking tour on Horn Island to explore a WWII airbase and retrace the veteran’s steps.

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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.

Cape York

Cape York, Torres Area
Rich with Aboriginal culture and Australian pioneering history, Cape York is an untamed wilderness area waiting to be explored. The journey through Cape York Peninsula to the top of Australia is an epic adventure taking in memorable pubs, ancient rock art and spectacular natural scenery.

Thursday Island

Thursday Island, Torres Area
Leave your watch behind when you go to Thursday Island as this colourful island paradise is where time really does seem to stand still. It is one of 274 islands which lie between the northern tip of Queensland and Papua New Guinea in the Torres Strait.
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