While it may not be the largest island – a taxi can take you on a bespoke tour of the entire island in less than an hour – Thursday Island is a vibrant jewel in Australia’s crown. Located adrift from the northern tip of the Australian mainland, it’s one of the tropical Torres Strait islands, which are scattered between the mainland and Papua New Guinea. View more
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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.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of activity and walking is at guests own discretion; however, it not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those utilising a wheelchair. Comfortable, closed toe shoes with non-slip soles are recommended. Coaches are the best available, with commentary provided by the driver; standard may not be to that of larger Australian ports. Space is limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment. We recommend sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses as well. Order of sights seen may vary in sequence.
Thursday Island is at the northern-most point of Australia, and boasts a rich history. It is the centre of the Torres Strait Islands and offers visitors a unique educational opportunity.
Green Hill Fort
Depart the pier for Green Hill Fort upon arrival start exploring the underground rooms and tunnels, a vault of the island colourful past as strategic military outpost, international port of pearls and thoroughfare for maritime traders. Take time to sit atop the Fort, photograph the azure seascape dotted with islands, from here you can see all the way to mainland Australia, Cape York, 19 miles (30km). Informative and entertaining commentary awaits you at Green Hill Fort, a fine example of an intact pre-federation coastal military installation which has in place its original 3 x 6 inch (7.62 x 15.24cm) breach loading guns.
Japanese Divers Memorial
Over 700 divers of various ethnicities, perished in the pursuit of the valuable mother of pearl shell and you will stop and visit the Japanese Divers Memorial dedicated to all these men. A scenic drive and expert commentary gives you the background knowledge of how Thursday Island and Torres Strait has such a significant place in the history of Australia.
After your history lessons of Thursday Island you will return to the pier and the ship.
Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, some of which is over uneven ground with some inclines walking. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Coaches are the best available, with commentary provided by the driver; standard may not be to that of larger Australian ports. The order of sites visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed. Space is limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment. We also recommend sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses as well.