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 are comprised of 274 small islands—17 of which are inhabited—including Thursday Island. Known as “T.I.” to the locals, we recommend you leave your watch back on the ship and embrace the relaxed, tropical vibe of the island when you visit.

With a diverse mix of cultures thanks to its geography and intriguing history, Thursday Island packs a lot of punch, despite being less than two square miles in size. Head to siteslike the Green Hill Fort, the Gab Titui Cultural Centre, and the Japanese Pearl Diver’s Cemetery to discover more about T.I.’s fascinating history.

Many of the sights and activities to be enjoyed on T.I. are influenced by the Melanesian people—the indigenous population who are not Aborigines, but instead migrated from Melanesia and Polynesia over 2,000 years ago. Embrace the islanders’ love of the sea by diving, fishing, and pearling, which are both popular pastimes, not to mention major sources of income.

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

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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

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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:
27°C / 81 °F
Mon
28°
24°
Tue
28°
23°
Wed
28°
23°
Thu
28°
23°
Current Time:
10:58:28 am2017/08/21 10:58:28 am
AEST
Monday, August 21
Offset:
UTC/GMT +10:00
Currency:
Australian Dollar
Exchange Rates:
  • 0.67
  • 0.79
  • 1.00
  • 0.62
  • 50.90
  • 2.49
  • 14.05
  • 1.08
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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