Torres Strait Islands


Torres Strait Islands is the northernmost area in Australia.

There are about 300 islands, all the way up to the border of Papua New Guinea.


But the southernmost ones, what we call the 'inner' islands, include Thursday, Horn, Hammond, Prince of Whales, Friday, Wednesday, Goods, Possession and Roko.


Most are not easy to get to, you've done well if on your trip you visit Thursday, and very well if you add Horn Island.


If you want to visit a pearl farm, there are Friday (from TI) and Roko (from the mainland).

thursday island

Thursday Island - Waibene
Thursday Island is the commercial and administrative centre of Torres Strait Islands. It is far from the largest one, but it is the most visited, and most populated one. 

It is well known for its multiculturalism, and for its interesting history. With a population of 2,500, it is really like a small town, lively with shops, hotels and restaurants. It has some great views and blue waters around it, and there are a few things to see and do.


horn island

Horn Island - Ngurupai
Horn Island is the second largest of the 'inner' islands of the Torres Strait, with a population of 700. While it's much larger than TI, there is less for visitors. 
There is the town of Wasaga with its museum, resort and hotel, and outside are some nice beaches, the airport and the island's Second World War history.


hammond island

Hammond Island - Keriri
The third largest, and the third most populated of the inner Torres Strait islands is Hammond

It is a hilly island with some good views and basaltic rock formations. There is a small township with a beautiful beachfront, and there is the famous Hammond Island Church.


prince of wales

Prince of Wales - Muralug
The rest of the islands have hardly any population or facilities. 
Prince of Wales - by far the largest one of all the inner Torres Strait Islands - has a few coastal inhabitants in the 'village' in the northern end of the island, but no jetty, and nothing else except wilderness.


friday island

F
riday Island - Gealug
Friday Island is a working pearl farm - called Kazu Pearls, and operated by the Japanese owner Kazuyoshi Takami and a crew of backpackers who help with different tasks. 

The official pearl farm tour includes the shop, a farm operation presentation, and a seafood lunch.


goods island

Goods Island - Palilug
Between Hammond and Friday, the little Goods Island has a jetty, a couple of old forts from the time of a feared Russian invasion, a couple of Second World War relics and shipwrecks, and it has a lighthouse to which you can walk - the hilly walk takes an hour each way.


wednesday island

W
ednesday Island - Maururra
Wednesday Island is a little bit away from Hammond, Goods, Friday, TI and POW - as you cross the Flinders Passage, the sea gets a little rougher. 
Just like the near-by Tuesday Islets, Wednesday Island is uninhabited, and the only thing to see is a lighthouse.

Torres Strait Islands Close to the Mainland

roko island

Roko Island
Roko Island has a working peral farm, like Friday. Roko is the closest one to the mainland so handiest to visit if you don't go to Thursday or any other Torres Strait Islands.

Like Friday it has a tour, and the Roko Island tour includes a pearl farm operation demonstration, and a stroll around the island.
 

possession island

Possession Island - Bedanug

But probably the most interesting one when it comes to European history is Possession Island - in the northern end of which Captain James Cook claimed the eastern coast of Australia to England in 1770.
There is a monument to mark the event; and on the other side of the island there is also some gold history.


 


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