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Torres Strait Heritage

Multiple Locations

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. Various packages are available.

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.

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  • Car park

Activities

  • Birdwatching

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Accessibility:

Accessible facilities available. Please contact operator for specific details.

Family Friendly:

Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

Our Tours

The 'In Their Steps' tour of Horn Island is a small group experience, an emotive and enlightening journey, allowing guests to explore traditional Horn Island and the most advanced operational Australian airbase during the Second World War, the Japanese' second biggest target in Australia. You walk in the veteran and Torres Strait Islander's steps, exploring slit trenches, gun emplacements, underground command post, wartime aircraft wrecks, taxiways and dispersal bays.

The exploration is enjoyed while listening to a perfectly balanced commentary between archival records, actual veteran's memories and traditional stories. The guides are a fifth generation Torres Strait family from Horn Island who are passionate about their home and its wartime and traditional history. The tour is complimented by a visit to the Torres Strait Heritage Museum, the largest collection of its kind in the Far North. The curators of the museum are your Horn Island tour guides. A sumptuous buffet lunch is provided as part of the 'In Their Steps' tour package.

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$45 $88

The 'Garrison Town' tour is a small group encounter that leads guests through Thursday Island's rich multicultural history, from Bipotaim (Before Time), through to the dynamic culture of Thursday Island today. You will enjoy 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, who is a fifth generation Torres Strait family.

The tour will visit the historic Thursday Island cemetery, Thursday Island Township, historic buildings, including churches and hotels, the wharf areas, Green Hill and the Green Hill Fort and museum.

Your guide's comprehensive commentary is a perfect balance between archival records, traditional and local stories, providing a compelling journey through Thursday Island history.

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$45 $45

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Malanda Falls Conservation Park

Malanda, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
Surrounded by dense rainforest, the North Johnstone River tumbles over basalt rock that was formed by an ancient lava flow at Malanda Falls. The much-photographed picturesque falls flow into an artificial swimming pool in this popular park near Malanda.

Millstream Falls National Park

Ravenshoe, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
Plunging over the edge of a columnar basalt lava flow, Big Millstream Falls is reputedly the widest single-drop waterfall in Australia. Lying in the rain shadow of the eastern dividing ranges, the dry open woodland here is in stark contrast with the rainforest which is only kilometres away.

Mount Hypipamee National Park

Atherton, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
This park features a diatreme (a volcanic pipe or vent) thought to have been created by a massive gas explosion. The gaping hole is 70 metres wide with steep granite sides that plunge 58 metres to the lake below.

Curtain Fig Tree

Yungaburra, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
The Curtain Fig National Park contains the renowned Curtain Fig Tree, an enormous strangler fig tree. Located a short drive out of Yungaburra, a small town in the Atherton Tableland, the giant tree has several aerial roots hanging down from its branches that look like curtains.

Eubenangee Swamp National Park

Babinda, Cairns Area
Free Entry
One of the most important wetlands between Ingham and Cairns, Eubenangee Swamp is a birdwatchers' paradise, with over 190 species of birds recorded. Situated in the lowlands east of the Bellenden Ker Range (the wettest part of Australia), much of this park is flooded during the wet season.
Free Entry
Josephine Falls, a scenic section of Wooroonooran National Park, features a scenic waterfall fed by rains falling on Queensland's highest peak, Bartle Frere, which looms above this popular picnic area.

Clump Mountain National Park

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
This park, on the scenic coast just north of Mission Beach, contains some of the few remaining patches of undisturbed tropical lowland rainforest in North Queensland. These rainforest remnants are important habitat for the endangered southern cassowary.

Curtain Fig National Park

Yungaburra, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
This park protects a small area of an endangered type of forest, called mabi forest, the local Aborignal (Ngadjon) word for the Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo. The large fig tree found in this park is unique because the extensive aerial roots, that drop 15 metres to the forest floor, have formed a 'curtain'.

Frankland Group National Park

Deeral, Cairns Area
Free Entry
Surrounded by extensive fringing reefs, the five islands of Frankland Group National Park feature rocky outcrops, dense rainforest, mangroves and coastal vegetation, making them a haven for wildlife. A colony of spectacled flying-foxes roosts on Russell Island, while manta rays and sea turtles have been spotted in nearby waters, part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Lake Barrine, Crater Lakes National Park

Yungaburra, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
This popular park features a deep crater lake surrounded by cool lush rainforest. Lake Barrine, part of Crater Lakes National Park, is a maar: a crater lake formed by volcanic explosions. In several places, large bull kauri pines, a species that once dominated the tableland forests, emerge through the rainforest canopy.
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