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LOCAL TOUR INFORMATION

Torres Strait Tours offers the fastest ferries and water taxis and comprehensive island tours. Their modern and reliable vessels deliver a regular TI to Horn Island ferry service, which also includes transport to your island destination. A water taxi service to surrounding islands and Cape York is available, as well as custom designed tours to the ‘forgotten islands’ of the Torres Strait and Cape York. For bookings contact Rebel Marine on (07) 4069 1586 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Peddells Thursday Island Tours transports travellers from Thursday Island to Seisia (Cape York-mainland) weekly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They also offer scenic and historic island bus tours showing clients the great sights TI has to offer including Green Hill Fort and the Torres Strait Museum. For bookings contact Peddells on (07) 4069 1551 or book online at www.peddellsferry.com.au

Kazu Pearl’s Friday Island Pearl Farm Tour offers a unique tour experience. Learn about the cultivation, seeding and harvesting of the oyster. Enjoy a seafood lunch overlooking the magnificent blue waters of the Torres Strait. Treat yourself to a piece of gorgeous pearl jewellery which is made locally from the pearls harvested at the farm. Tours depart from Thursday Island Engineers Wharf, by Wis Wei charters. For bookings contact Kazuyoshi Takami on (07) 4069 1268. Bookings need to be made the day before and require a minimum of 6 people.

For a unique local experience take the time to visit Rosie Ware Design Studios.  Working from her Home Art Studio and Gallery on Green Hill overlooking the Thursday Island harbour, Rosie has much to offer.  Rosie is a self-taught textile contemporary visual artist and local Torres Strait Islander woman.  She offers many products including t-shirts, tablecloths, tea towels, aprons, fridge magnets, notepads, greeting cards, jewellery, shells, Torres Strait books and quilters squares with Torres Strait designs.  Rosie carves her desgins out of silk vinyl lino blocks and prints on to fabric, as well as some silk screen printing.  Rosie Ware Designs is open 7 days a week and welcomes locals and visitors alike.  Complimentary pick up and drop of service available.  For more information please visit www.rosiewaredesigns.com or call 07 4069 2800

Offering an intimate 1 hour tour (max. 10 passengers), Relax Tours will take you on a personalised tour of TI's treasures.  Guided by a born and bred local in an airconditioned vehicle, this tour is a great way to see the Island at your own leasure.  Phone 07 4069 1356 or 0427 856 287 to book, $20 per person.  Relax Tours also offer boat charters to Friday Island, POW, Hammond, Horn and Inner Islands.

If you are looking for a fun night out on Thursday Island head to the Torres Strait Hotel for their famous Karaoke held Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  Also showcasing local Torres Strait Aria Award winner Seaman Dan on Sunday afternoons.  Located on the corner of Douglas and Normanby Streets, Australia's most northerly hotel is on the top of many "bucket lists" and offers a night to remember!  Join the locals for a drink, a few songs and gain memories that will last a life time. (07) 4069 1141

Located a short 2 minute walk along the main street from the hotel, you will find See Hop Trading.  Established in 1950, this local store offers everything you could need including groceries, freshly baked bread and cakes (baked daily onsite), fuel, fishing equipment, local seafood, artefacts, mobile phones - even Australia Post!  Open Monday - Friday 7am - 7pm and weekends 7am - 5pm.  07 4069 1526. 

Enjoy the "In Their Steps" WW2 tour of Horn Island, with small groups of no more than 21 people, providing a personal interaction with your guide.  Liberty and Vanessa are locals and experts in their fields of Torres Strait history and provide an entertaining and enlightening commentary. www.torresstraitheritage.com  info@torresstraitheritage  Vanessa 0427 903 333 or Liberty 0429 903 333

Rotary Club of Thursday Island Torres Strait is focused on providing humanitarian service to our Torres communities and those of the Western Province of PNG. They welcome newcomers and visiting Rotarians to their Friday breakfast meetings at 7am in the Grand Hotel restaurant Malu Paru and monthly social events.  www.therotaryclubofthursdayislandtorresstrait.com

When planning a trip to one of the Outer Islands or communities it is advisable that you contact their relevant council beforehand to advise them of your intentions, acquire current information regarding the community, services and accommodation available as well as any cultural protocols that may need to be followed.

Please be aware of strict Quarantine regulations when travelling through the Outer Islands or back to the mainland.  For more information please visit http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/travel/within-australia/northern-australia