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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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.

Jardine River National Park and Heathlands Resources Reserve

Northern Peninsula Area
Free Entry
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.
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