Everyone has started looking for Christmas presents so we thought we would give some tips about what to find at Thursday Island, and more importantly, where to find it!
Christmas on Thursday Island is when the island’s residents seek out authentic Torres Strait gifts to send to loved ones overseas (let’s face it everyone is overseas from Thursday Island!). To find such gems visit the gift shop at Gab Titui Cultural Centre, Tribal Boutique, Mona’s Bazaar (make sure to say hi to the gorgeous, cheery Michelle) and of course we stock a range of beautiful gifts at Peddells Jetty Shop as well!
Music is always a wonderful purchase and allows you to relive your memories of this island paradise long after you depart. Choose from local artists such as ARIA award winning Uncle Seaman Dan or his talented grandson rap artist Patrick Mau. You might even be lucky enough to catch Uncle Seaman Dan in town and get him to personally sign your CD!
A piece of wearable art is another lovely way to rekindle that holiday vibe. At the Peddells Jetty Shop we have a new range of 100% Australian owned “Polli” necklaces, earring and brooches.
Local textile artist Rosie Ware also offers locally hand screen-printed t-shirts, cushion covers, table-wear and beautiful original prints. See her work online at http://www.rosiewaredesigns.com
Located on Douglas Street, the Port Kennedy Association also host regular markets. Upcoming market dates are Saturday 29th November and 13th December (the last for 2014). These small scale undercover markets have a warm friendly buzz only found in such small island communities and surprise finds make this a must do!
I hope that 2015 is your year to explore Australia’s far north and that you venture beyond Cairns, beyond the Tip of Cape York, and step ashore at our island home in the heart of Torres Strait, no passport required!
Until next time.
Christine T.I. Tour Guide