Silversea Luxury Cruises To THURSDAY ISLAND

THURSDAY ISLAND

Thursday Island – TI to locals or Kawrareg in Waiben dialect – is the ultimate Aussie retreat. Grab a cold beer, find a spot on a wooden pub deck overlooking turquoise blue seas and contemplate the remote beauty of the island. Whilst certainly not the biggest of the Torres Strait Islands, it is the most populated. That is not to say it’s a bustling metropolis. At last count, there were fewer than 3,000 residents for its 3.5 km2. View more

The Torres Strait Islands is a 274-strong archipelago found scattered between the coasts of mainland Oz and Papua New Guinea. The origin of the name is unknown; what is certain however is that Captain Owen Stanley named neighbouring islands Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday when he visited in 1848, so it is a safe assumption that he named Thursday too. Thursday and Friday’s names were swapped about 8 years later so they appeared in weekday order. Budding explorers should note that Monday, Saturday and Sunday have yet to be found, so perhaps this could be your lucky day. The island enjoyed a lucrative pearl and shell trade until WWII, and many Japanese pearl divers became residents. This worked out well for the islanders; Thursday Island was mercifully left alone by during the extensive WWII bombings, probably because it was thought that there were Japanese nationals still living there (there weren’t). Superb and pristine example of the island’s heritage still stand, and can be seen in the Green Hill Fort, the Thursday Island Customs House and the Gab Titui Cultural Centre.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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APRA To SINGAPORE
  • Departure
    Apr 09 2021
  • Duration
    38 Days
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    Silver Explorer
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CAIRNS To SINGAPORE
  • Departure
    Apr 28 2021
  • Duration
    19 Days
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    Silver Explorer
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SINGAPORE To SYDNEY
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    Nov 29 2021
  • Duration
    18 Days
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    Silver Muse
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CAIRNS To SINGAPORE
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    Apr 01 2022
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    Silver Cloud
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Excursions in THURSDAY ISLAND

Green Hill Fort Discovery

Discover why Thursday Island is one of the most enjoyable places to visit with a culture that has been developing for over 2,000 years. Be introduced to the world's friendliest locals and an azure seascape of unparalleled beauty. Learn of the island's days as a rough and tumble Port of Pearls and how it played a strategic role in Australia's military history.


Green Fort Hill

Depart the pier for a short transfer to Green Hill Fort, built between 1891-1893 as part of Australia's defence against a possible Russian invasion. It was eventually decommissioned some time in 1927 and the buildings were demolished and the guns were spiked. Green Hill is a small grassy hill about 58 metres (190 feet) above sea level at the western end of Thursday Island. Visit T.I.'s coastal military installation for sweeping panoramic views of surrounding islands and step into the Fort's underground rooms and tunnels where previous keepsakes from the island's past are now on display. Spot birdlife and native plants as we take a scenic drive around the timeless isle they call Old T.I.


Your sightseeing will conclude at the pier where the ship is awaiting your arrival.

Heroes of Horn Island

Tour Horn Island, located in the Torres Strait between Queensland's north between the Australian mainland and Papua New Guinea.


Board a ferry at the pier for the short transfer over the island. Once on the island, board your coach and meet your guides, Liberty and Vanessa, locals and experts in their fields of Torres Strait History, who provide entertaining and enlightening commentary.


Once on the island, visit gun emplacements, an underground command post and slit trenches. Hear an unbelievable story about a WW II aircraft wreck, Also see a WW II airstrip, dispersal bays and taxiways.


Walk in the steps of the indigenous and non-indigenous soldiers who served in the area and listen to the eerie sound affects the airstrip today provides. The coach travels on actual WW II roads and tracks laid down by the military.


Then enjoy morning tea at the Torres Strait Museum. Entrance to visit the museum plus a historical booklet are included so you may visit the museum on your own.


Reboard the Horn Island ferry for the return to Thursday Island.

Thursday Island Helicopter Flightseeing

There is no better way to fully appreciate the maze of reefs and islands that make up this stunning region then by helicopter. Your bird's eye view of Horn, Thursday, Hammond, Goods and Prince of Wales Islands, will add a whole new dimension to your Cape York experience.

Depart the pier for approximately 10-minute drive to the helicopter departure point. Taking off from Sadies Beach helipad and flying over your cruise ship your helicopter provides great photo opportunities so make sure you have your camera ready!

Fly across to Prince Wales Island, admire spectacular aerial views of the remote Islands of the Torres Strait as you make you way to The Tip, the most northern point of Australia. Circle over Green Hill Fort and Thursday Island. This historic fort was built between 1891 and 1893, as a part of Australia's defense against a possible Russian invasion. The hill itself is only 58 meters tall but provided the perfect vantage point to survey the surrounding waterways. Your 40-minute flight will return via azure colored waters and fringing reefs of Horn Island and landing back at Thursday Island.

The tour concludes back at the pier.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.