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All you need to know about Thursday Island

Nestled in the azure waters of the Torres Strait, Thursday Island stands as a vibrant jewel in the crown of the captivating Torres Strait Islands. The history of the Torres Strait Islands is woven with the stories of its resilient people, whose connection to the land and sea runs deep.

Today, Thursday Island welcomes travellers with open arms, inviting them to discover a treasure trove of cultural experiences, natural beauty, and unforgettable adventures.

Exploring the Charms of Thursday Island:

Torres Strait Islands – Thursday Island. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

As you set foot on Thursday Island, you’ll step into a world where culture, history, and nature intertwine to create a truly magical experience. From cultural tours and gastronomic delights to scenic views and friendly faces, this island gem is an invitation to embark on a journey of wonders. Embrace the spirit of the Torres Strait and let the island’s beauty, history, and warm hospitality leave an indelible mark on your heart.

While simply just wandering around the island will give you a real sense of the community and way of life there, here are some must-do experiences while on Thursday Island.

1. Peddels Tour – A Cultural Journey

Visit Green Hill Fort with Peddells Island Tour. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

Begin your island escapade with a Peddels Tour, where you’ll be captivated by the rich history and cultural heritage of Thursday Island. Accompanied by knowledgeable local guides, you’ll meander through the town’s quaint streets, visiting landmarks and historical sites. Uncover the secrets of Green Hill Fort, learn about the island’s World War II history, and listen to mesmerizing stories shared by the Islanders. This immersive tour offers a fascinating insight into the customs, traditions, and struggles of the Torres Strait Islanders, leaving you with a profound appreciation for their way of life.

2. Lunch at Island Stars

Grab a coffee, a bite to eat and some artwork at Island Stars Cafe. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

The newly opened Island Stars Café is a must-stop for lunch. Community-owned and operated, this café is more than just a place to grab a coffee and a bite to eat. The owners work with the island’s children to give them a place to come and spend time. The artwork on sale here is unique and authentic. And you must try the famous lobster toastie, made with freshly caught local lobsters.

3. Raise a Glass at Australia’s Most Northern Pub

Exploring Thursday Island is thirsty work. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

No visit to Thursday Island is complete without stopping by the Torres Hotel, known as Australia’s most northern pub. Step into this iconic establishment and enjoy a cold beer or refreshing cocktail as you mingle with locals and fellow travellers. The friendly ambience, live music, and captivating sea views make it an ideal spot to unwind and toast to the beauty of the Torres Strait.

Where to Stay

The Grand Hotel on Thursday Island. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

For a cozy retreat that embraces the essence of island living, book your stay at the Jardine Motel. This welcoming accommodation offers comfortable rooms and a central location, making it a convenient base for your island adventures. Wake up to the sound of the waves and enjoy stunning ocean views from the motel’s veranda. The friendly staff are always ready to assist, ensuring your stay is as memorable as the experiences that await you on Thursday Island. The Grand Hotel is a family-run pub with bed and breakfast, ensuite rooms and WiFi, while TI Motel is another popular spot to relax. Great for group travel, Island Villas is the only 4-star boutique self-catered accommodation on Thursday Island, with five properties overlooking Endeavour Strait offering the best sunset views you can find.

How to Get to Thursday Island

You can catch a ferry to Thursday Island. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

Thursday Island is accessible by air and sea, offering multiple options for travellers. The island airport, on neighbouring Horn Island Airport, receives regular flights from Cairns, providing a convenient and scenic route to this tropical paradise. The flight itself offers breathtaking aerial views of the Torres Strait, setting the stage for a memorable arrival. Alternatively, for those seeking a more leisurely journey, ferries operate between Seisia and Thursday Island, allowing you to enjoy the sea breeze and immerse yourself in the tranquil surroundings of the Torres Strait.

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Kate Webster

Kate Webster is the founder and owner of Captured Travel Media. She is a world traveller, ocean lover and conservation warrior who is determined to make every moment count for not only herself, but the world around her. An editor and travel journalist, Kate travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the people and places she visits. She is a passionate conservation advocate, sustainable traveller and always travels with reason and cause.