Discover Thursday Island’s hidden past on Peddells comprehensive bus tour
“The warmest welcome and most in depth tour on Thursday Island.”
This award winning tour will provide you with a glimpse into another culture and bring the island’s history to life through your guides easy storytelling style, driven by pure passion for their island home. Peddell’s Thursday Island Tour is also a great way to take in the stunning panoramic island views and enjoy the vivid and interesting displays of Thursday Island’s hilltop museum. Housed in the refurbished underground tunnels and rooms of Green Hill Fort, the Museum features three main local historical industry themes; Pearling, Shipping and Military. This magnificent example of pre-federation coastal military architecture was built in response to a Russian warscare. The Fort’s now silent 6″ breach loading guns jut out menacingly over the islands’ main approaches.
You will learn of the extraordinary impact the pearling industry had on this little community when you make a stop by the striking Japanese Pearl Divers Memorial located at T.I. cemetery on the northern side of the island. It is here that over 700 pearl shell divers were laid to rest and later a memorial was placed to remember all those that lost their lives in pursuit of the highly prized mother of pearl shell. A memorial to the designer of the Torres Strait flag is found here as well.
Peddell’s Thursday Island Tour offers all this plus a scenic drive around the island complimented by your guide’s signature lively and 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. This tour is approx 1 1/2 hrs.
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 guest please contact our head office in advance and we will endeavour to assist where possible. If you are travelling as part of a tour group please write group name in capital letters then your name when you book. Please also take time to read terms and conditions.