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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Holmes Reef Dive Site

Horn Island, Torres Area
Holmes Reef is the closest Coral Sea Reef to Cairns and often visited on special expeditions to the Northern Coral Sea. The reef is actually split into two sections, known as East Holmes and West Holmes, and both have large lagoons with safe anchorages.

Seisia

Seisia, Northern Peninsula Area
Seisia is Australia's most northerly community and departure point for a range of marine based activities - day trips with fishing guides, tours to explore the Torres Strait Islands or a walk to the end of the jetty, the social epicentre of the community.

Horn Island

Horn Island, Torres Area
Horn Island is part of the Torres Strait Islands group at the tip of Cape York Peninsula, Australia's northernmost point. Located approximately 17 kilometres off Queensland's coast and just south of Papua New Guinea, Horn Island offers a truly remarkable island experience.

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.

Torres Strait Islands

Torres Area
At the very tip of Cape York where the South Pacific Ocean and the Arafura Sea mix their currents are the 274 islands of the Torres Strait, including Thursday and Horn Islands. This unique tropical region is home to the indigenous Torres Strait Islanders whose culture is rich in the arts and whose lifestyle has evolved from the sea and its abundance of wildlife.

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.
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