LOCAL TOUR INFORMATION
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
Owned and operated by enthusiastic partners Emily and Mark, Reef Connections are dedicated to providing the best reef adventure experience possible. As your skipper, guides and qualified chef, they work together to ensure the smooth operation of this privately owned vessel. Offering charters to government departments, private business, educational and study groups, private groups and holiday makers alike. With the recent arrival of their new vessel "The Boss" to Thursday Island, they are fully equipped to cater to you on your next adventure. In B and C survey for 25 passengers and D survey for 94 passengers, “The Boss” offers a massive dive deck and luxury accommodation space as well as a 2 ton crane with lift on tenders. www.reefconnections.com.au
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