Thursday Island, Australia

Thursday Island, Australia

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A Pleasure to Visit On Any Day of the Week

Situated in the waterway that separates Australia from Papua New Guinea, the Torres Strait Islands were first discovered in 1606 by Spanish Captain Torres. They are comprised of 274 small islands—17 of which are inhabited, including Thursday Island.

Due to its geography and intriguing history, Thursday Island’s population is a diverse mix of cultures, and the indigenous people are not Aborigines but Melanesians, who came from Melanesia and Polynesia over 2,000 years ago with their own unique culture and language. Often referred to as “T.I.” by the locals, Thursday Island is just three square kilometers in size and is a friendly, easy-going place that enjoys a relaxed tropical environment.

Activities remain based around the Melanesians’ love of the sea with diving, fishing, and pearling all popular pastimes as well as major sources of income. Sites include Green Hill Fort for spectacular views, the Japanese Pearl Diver’s Cemetery, or simply visit one of T.I.’s cafes, restaurants, bars, and retail stores and enjoy the laid-back island lifestyle.

JAPANESE PEARL DIVERS’ CEMETERY

JAPANESE PEARL DIVERS’ CEMETERY

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JAPANESE PEARL DIVERS’ CEMETERY

JAPANESE PEARL DIVERS’ CEMETERY

The Torres Strait was once home to a thriving pearl industry. Between 1878-1941, nearly 700 Japanese pearl divers lost their lives to this dangerous industry. Nearly half of those who perished were under the age of 21. Today, a memorial stands in recognition of their sacrifice.

GREEN HILL FORT

GREEN HILL FORT

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GREEN HILL FORT

GREEN HILL FORT

Strap on your walking shoes and head to the top of the highest point on Thursday Island. Visitors can expect fantastic views of the island and surrounding islands in the Torres Strait. A small museum at the top provides information on the history of the fort.

GAB TITUI CULTURAL CENTER

GAB TITUI CULTURAL CENTER

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GAB TITUI CULTURAL CENTER

GAB TITUI CULTURAL CENTRE

Learn more about the culture and history of the Torres Strait through the modern gallery and displays at the Gab Titui Cultural Center. The Center hosts several cultural events and exhibitions by local artists throughout the year. There is also a popular outdoor cafe on site.

Thursday Island, Australia At a glance

Current Weather:
25°C / 77 °F
Sat
29°
24°
Sun
29°
25°
Mon
28°
25°
Tue
29°
25°
Current Time:
12:41:22 am2015/05/23 00:41:22 am
AEST
Saturday, May 23
Offset:
UTC/GMT +10:00
Currency:
Australian Dollar
Exchange Rates:
  • 0.79
  • 0.96
  • 0.50
  • 0.71
  • 50.04
  • 2.40
  • 12.01
  • 1.07
Local Details:
GPS: 10°34'47.59"S 142°13'6.57"E
Size: 3.50 KM2 (1.35 MI2)
Population: 2,610
Density: 746 Pop/KM2 (288 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +61

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