Clustered above Cape York, the virtually untouched 274 Torres Strait Islands, including Thursday and Horn Islands are home to thriving Aboriginal and Torres Strait cultures and a rich World War II and pearl diving history.
Visit the Gab Titui Art Gallery on Thursday Island to admire the vibrant headdresses and artwork of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Or, tour the islands by boat with a private charter.
Visit the community markets or pick up a souvenir from the local shops on Thursday Island. You can also buy artwork and traditional trinkets from Bayo Blue Gallery.
Taste authentic Japanese cuisine and take a grand tour of a working pearl farm on Friday Island or join an emotive and history-soaked walking tour on Horn Island to explore a WWII airbase and retrace the veteran’s steps.
You can also visit a local crayfish factory and see one of the Torres Strait’s largest exports industries in action. And, if you’re looking for more adventure ideas, check out this must-do list or follow this local’s guide.
But if you’ve got time to spare (and a sense of adventure!) grab the keys to your 4WD, tee up your favourite driving playlist and hit the open road. Check out this 7-day drive itinerary from Cairns to Cape York for inspiration. Once you reach the tip, catch a ferry from Bamaga to Thursday Island.
Choose from three accommodation providers on Thursday Island, all boasting waterfront views of the harbour. These are the Grand Hotel, Jardine Motel and the Torres Strait Motel.