Discover Thursday Island’s hidden past on Peddells comprehensive bus tour
To experience the very essence of Thursday Island book a tour with Peddell’s local indigenous guides. Our tour includes the most comprehensive visit to Green Hill Fort and its refurbished underground tunnels and rooms which house the Torres Strait Historical Museum. Museum displays are based around the three main Thursday Island historical industry themes; Pearling, Shipping and Military. Built in response to a Russian warscare, this is one of the most intact nineteenth century forts remaining in Australia. The Fort’s now silent 6″ breach loading guns still stand out menacingly over the islands’ main approaches. Green Hill also boasts magnificent panoramic views to Horn, Prince of Wales, Hammond and Friday Islands and on a clear day, mainland Australia so be sure to bring a camera!
More can be learnt of Thursday Island’s history by a visit to the local cemetery. Thursday Island Cemetery reflects the history of occupation since the settlement of Thursday Island in the late 1800’s. Muslims, Buddhists, Japanese, Pacific Islanders and Torres Strait Islanders rest peacefully within the 3 hectare cemetery. A striking Japanese Pearl Divers Memorial also sits among the many ornate tombstones overlooking Hammond Island to the north.
Peddells Thursday Island Tour offers all this plus a scenic drive around the island complimented by their guide’s signature entertaining and in depth informative commentary.
Fares Includes museum fees
N.B 0920 hrs is an indicative departure time, actual times advised on ferry enroute to TI that morning. If you are already on TI please contact us for your tour time. If you have other plans and require the 0920 hrs tour specifically please advise asap.
Travellers Tips : Be sure to use the restrooms on the ferry prior to disembarking TI and bring your water bottle, hat and camera! If you are preferring to travel with another traveller please contact our head office in advance and we will endeavour to assist, this may not always be possible due to logistics. If you are travelling as a tour groups please write group name in capital letter then your name when you book. Please also read terms and conditions.