Linking the Cape with the Torres Strait

FAQ’s

The following information is meant as a guide only and some particulars may be subject to change without notice.

Please contact us should you require further detail.

  • Can I take my car across to Thursday Island on the ferry.

    Peddells Ferry is a passenger ferry only.
  • Do we need to book?

    We recommend you book in advance to secure a seat on board, please note that payment is required at the time of booking.

    Please note the Horn Is. WWII Tour (ticketed on behalf of another operator) is not usually available for purchase on the day.

  • We hear Thursday Island is the main hub of activity, can we stay overnight there or is there accommodation at Horn Island?

    There is a variety of accommodation on Thursday Island and a few choices on Horn Island as well.

    THURSDAY  ISLAND

    http://www.islandvillas.net.au/   Phone (07)42030996

    http://grandhotelti.com.au/         Phone (07)40691551

    Thursday Island Motel, Federal Hotel & Jardine Motel  Phone (07)40692005

    HORN ISLAND

    http://wongaibeachhotel.com.au/    Phone (07)40831100

    http://torrestrait.com.au/    Phone (07)40692222 -Gateway Torres Strait Resort

  • Where does the ferry depart from and how long is the ferry trip from Seisia to Thursday Island?

  • • Departure Points : Engineers Jetty, Thursday Island and Seisia Jetty on Cape York
    • Distance : Thursday Island to Seisia 30 km  (approx. 18 nm)
    • Trip Duration: 1 hr 10 mins approx.

  • What are the names and sizes of Peddells passenger ferries.

    These are modern large aluminium catamarans designed specifically to provide you with the best possible ride in local conditions. These are without a doubt the most comfortable vessels for your crossing.
    MV Torres Magic – 20 metres
    MV Strait Magic – 17 metres
  • How early do we need to get to the Jetty?

    We advise that all passengers arrive at the jetty and are ready to board at least 15 minutes prior to departure. Boarding is strictly 15 minutes prior to departure late arrivals may not be permitted. Conditions beyond our control may also force an earlier than planned departure.
  • How often does the Peddells ferry operate between Thursday Island – Seisia?

    Indicative Schedule:-
    Peddells Ferry Off Peak Schedule: October to May : Monday/Wednesday /Friday AM and PM Service
    Peddells Ferry June to September: Monday to Saturday AM and PM Service
    The ferry schedule is subject to change without notice and varies around certain public holidays. Please check the online booking system for the most up to date scheduling.
  • What cards are included in the concession fare?

    Concession – There are certain concession cards accepted for ferry travel between Seisia and Thursday Island, on behalf of the Qld Govt. Please be advised we can only accept those cards on the current Qld Transport and Main Roads list of Approved concession cards for our particular ferry service. If you are unable to present a valid card then the full adult ferry fare is payable. Persons with Concession Card types that are entitled to free travel must purchase tickets in person, please contact the Peddells Thursday Island office direct on (07) 4069 1551 for further information. If you hold any of the cards listed it is your responsibility to claim the concession at the time of purchase. This is not done retrospectively. Please visit Peddells Fare Types Page for more information and term and conditions for booking a Concession Fare
  • Connections with another carriers

    We cannot guarantee connections with any other operators.
  • Can I get a refund if I cancel my tickets?

    In the event of a cancellation, a 30% administration fee will be incurred provided that the cancellation occurs a minimum of 24 hours prior to departure (within office hours). Fares cancelled after this time are non-refundable.  Group bookings are required to provide additional cancellation notice as advised upon booking.
  • What is the duration of Peddells Thursday Island Bus Tour

    Peddells Thursday Island Bus tour with local tour guide runs for approximately 1.5 hours.
  • What time does my Peddells T.I. Bus Tour commence?

    If you have booked the 2 island (T.I. plus WWII Tour of Horn Is) tour with us as a daytrip then we will ensure you do your T.I. Bus Tour first up (usually departs between 9.15 and 9.30 am indicative). However your tour time otherwise will be advised onboard our ferry on the way to T.I. from Seisia that morning. If you have any appointments that day please advise our crew asap and we will do our best to find a tour time that fits your plans.
  • Where is Peddells office located on Thursday Island.

    Peddells Office and Jetty Shop is located at 15A Engineers Jetty, Thursday Island QLD 4875. This is the jetty where Peddell’s ferries berth on Thursday Island. The office/shop is usually open Monday to Friday 9 am to 2.30 pm and Saturday morning 9 am to 11 am and 1.30 to 2.30 pm, closed on Sundays. (Opened on Saturdays June to Sept)
  • Do Peddells have an office in the NPA area?

    You can make reservations for Peddells Tours and Ferry Service either on our website or at our NPA Agents
    Seisia Holiday Park (07) 4203 0992
    Loyalty Beach Campground (07) 4069 3372
    Cape York Ice and Tackles (07) 4069 3695
    Punsand Bay Camping (07) 4069 1722
  • Are there size and weight restrictions for luggage?

    Yes, one piece only of luggage limited to 20 kg. Excess fees may apply to additional items. Due to Workplace Health and Safety regulations, Peddells crew cannot carry or assist with luggage that exceeds 20kg or one cubic metre in size. All hand luggage is to be stowed in accordance with crew’s directions and should not restrict access to safety equipment or block aisles or emergency exits. No ‘piggy-backing’ of luggage is permitted, for example, attaching a sleeping bag to a suitcase
  • What if my luggage is damaged in transit?

    All Luggage, Freight and Personal Items are transported entirely at the risk of the ticket holder. We will always take the utmost care with your belongings, but as we cannot inspect the condition or the method of packing by the ticket holder we do not accept any liability for damage to any items. In case of rain please ensure items are shower proof.
  • Can you carry dogs on the ferry?

    Dogs must be in a cage. Cages carried pending space. Size and weight may be restricted. If travelling T.I. to Seisia you must have Quarantine Clearance paperwork. Please contact Peddells Office during office hours to make reservations on (07) 4069 1551 Only service dogs ( see Qld Transport Reg.) can be carried in the passenger cabin and on the bus.
  • Can you bring your bicycle on the ferry?

    Yes, you may bring bicycle on Peddells Ferry pending availability of space. A freight rate is applicable for the carriage of your Bike. Please contact Peddells Office for booking during office hours on (07) 4069 1551
  • Can you smoke on the Ferry and on the bus.

    No. Under Australian Law, smoking is not permitted on public transport.
  • Are there food or drink available on board the ferry.

    On the MV Torres Magic, there is a small Kiosk where you may purchase coffee, tea, non-alcoholic beverages, chocolates and muffins and souvenirs. Please note pending availability of goods and services. Also please do not bring hot food into the air-conditioned cabin space. Please note there is no kiosk on MV Strait Magic.
  • What are the Alcohol Restrictions?

    There are strict rules for the carriage of alcohol on Cape York (mainland). Please visit www.olgr.qld.gov.au/indigenous/alcoholManagementsplans for more information.
  • Are there Quarantine Restrictions?

    Department of Agriculture: Certain items must have proof of Quarantine clearance from Department of Agriculture security with regards to all southbound carriage. Contact Department of Agriculture on free call 1800 900 090
  • Can I ticket at the agents on the day of travel.

    If you are travelling on the morning ferry services then you must have purchased a ticket the day prior. Agents opening hours vary. Peddells online booking system accepts booking up to 11 pm
  • When is the weekend special available?

    Weekend special for NPA Residents to travel Friday 4pm Seisia to T.I. and at 6.30 am T.I. to Seisia. Please check in availability on contact us.

    Saturday Daytrip Special to travel from T.I. at 6.30 am and return same day on the 4pm ferry.
    This is usually available most weekend during the peak season June to September.
    Please contact Peddells Office for reservations on (07) 4069 1551