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

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  • 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.

Indicative rates

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$45 $45

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Townsville Town Common Conservation Park

Townsville, Townsville Area
Free Entry
The park's wildlife viewing areas and walking and mountain bike trails offer a range of nature-based recreation activities close to the centre of Townsville. The park features deep-water lagoons and seasonal wetlands, coastal woodlands and vine thickets, and sheltered beaches fringed by rocky headlands.

Magnetic Island National Park

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Rocky granite headlands and towering hoop pines stand sentinel over tranquil sandy bays on this rugged, mountainous island covered with open eucalypt woodlands and surrounded by coral reefs. The island is easily accessible from Townsville and is noted for its abundant wildlife and varied history.

Fishing at Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Magnetic Island is an angler's dream with a catch virtually guaranteed! Sit back, throw in a line and enjoy the rush of reeling in your latest bite. What a catch it can be; 22-pound Coral Trout and 44-pound Spanish Mackerel are among the trophies happy fishermen have taken home.

Picnic Bay

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
Free Entry
With a sweeping beach, tranquil setting and the iconic jetty, Picnic Bay on Magnetic Island is a spectacular location to enjoy a relaxing swim, beachside dining or a spot of fishing on the jetty. Snorkel and explore the abundant marine life of Picnic Bay or see what you can spot from above while taking a stroll along the jetty.

Pelorus Island

Townsville, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Pelorus Island, located 800 metres north of Orpheus Island in the Palms Island group is an untouched, pristine environment accessible by private boat or on a dive tour. Pelorus Island offers spectacular fringing reefs accessible straight off the beach, which make for a remarkable snorkel or dive experience.

Arcadia at Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Arcadia is the smallest of the four main bays around Magnetic Island and is surrounded by the prominent Alma Bay and Geoffrey Bay. Geoffrey Bay is a Marine National Park Zone - which means no fishing or collecting - but is great for exploring during low tide.

Wreck Diving at Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Located within the waters of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Magnetic Island has a wealth of interesting dive sites. Some of the best places to dive are found in Geoffrey, Alma, Arthur and Florence Bays and the reef in Nelly Bay.

Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park

Townsville, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Set in a scenic coastal location amongst open woodland and vine thickets, this park features an historic quarantine station, established in 1915. The station was initially used to quarantine passengers on incoming ships.

Castle Hill

Townsville, Townsville Area
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Just metres short of a mountain, Castle Hill is the giant pink granite monolith that stands proud in the centre of Townsville - a perfect place for visitors to orientate themselves. As well as offering vehicle access, Castle Hill provides a number of popular walking tracks, which are frequented by more than 2,500 locals a day!

"The Moltke" Dive Site

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
Free Entry
"The Moltke" is a wreck dive accessible from the shore on Magnetic Island. The old cargo Boat has been here for over 70 years. The structure is fairly broken up providing many corners and holes for marine life to hide in.
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