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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