Island is the second largest island in the 'inner' Torres Strait.
It is a lot larger
than Thursday Island and has a lot less population - only about 700
A lot of people do
but they are mostly locals - because it's the central airport for the
Torres Strait, with regular flights between Cairns and all
other Torres Strait Islands.
For a traveller, there is
not a lot, unless you are really into the
local Second World War history.
There is the township - Wasaga,
... with its museum
(with the WWII as well as some local Kaurareg history),
... the Horn Island resort,
... and the Wongai hotel
(also the only pub on Horn Island).
Outside, there are a few nice spots and beaches,
... and there are the Second
World War sites.
They say it was the "forgotten isle" until the Second World War, when
it became the most
strategical site for an air base that would be close to
Papua New Guinea, while large and flat enough for an airstrip, and
still in Australian waters.
Japanese soon realised
the importance of its location - if they could get hold on
this air base they could attack locations in southern Australia.
They attacked the island in seven
raids, making Horn Island the second most attacked after
Luckily they did not get it, and what we have today is some airplane wrecks, gun pits, fuel drums,slit trenches and other relics and remnants
sitting in the bush.
And more importantly than anything we have the airport, which
probably wouldn't have been here if it wasn't for the WWII.
It was built in 1940,
and ended up having a runway too short for large American military
aircraft, so they tried to extend it, but with no luck built another
airport in Bamaga
is still there but not in use for passenger flights).
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