Linking the Cape with the Torres Strait

Thursday Island Tour with Local Guides

Green Hill Fort 6" breach loading guns. ANZAC Day 2024

Visit Green Hill Fort Thursday Island 6″ breach loading guns  – ANZAC Dawn Service 2024

Bus artwork ‘Soaring over a woven landscape’ by renowned Torres Strait artist Brian Robinson

Rainbow Bee-eater (Biru Birun) A migratory bird which migrates form PNG to mainland Australia through the Torres Strait islands 

Japanese Pearl Divers Memorial located T.I. cemetery 




Quetta Church – Memorial to SS Quetta 1890

Pearl diving was inherently dangerous and more than 700 Japanese people died in the Torres Strait between 1878 and 1941 with more than half of these being younger than 21 years old. Peddells’s Thursday Island Tour visits the Japanese Pearl Divers Memorial at the local cemetery on the northern side of T.I.

Discover our island’s stories, historic and scenic sites with Peddells Thursday Island Bus Tour 

“Their guide’s knowledge is amazing! One of the best tours we’ve done.” Daniel & Hazel Vic.

This award winning indepth tour brings the island’s history to life!  Your indigenous guides easy storytelling style, driven by pure passion for their island home will transport you into another time.  You will visit Green Hill Fort Lookout where the now silent 6″ breach loading guns jut out menacingly over the islands’ main approaches and from here we look south to the mainland, west to the pearl farm and north to the main shipping lane.  Be sure to have your cameras at the ready as the panoramic island views on this tour are nothing short of stunning. Green Hill Fort also houses a museum within the rooms and tunnels that once stored ammunition.  The themed displays include maritime, pearling, township and military history.

Disembark at the Japanese Pearl Divers Memorial located at T.I. cemetery on the northern side of the island to learn of the extraordinary and far reaching impact the pearling industry had in Torres Strait.  Another important part of this stop is the monument commemorating Bernard Namok  Senior who designed the Torres Strait Island Flag. The monument was unveiled on the flag’s 22nd anniversary, a memorial was unveiled at Thursday Island Cemetery.

Torres Strait’s most experienced local indigenous guides comprehensive commentary includes important aspect of the maritime, cultural and military history that has shaped the region.

Adults $40.00
Child  $20.00

Fare valid as at 15/02/24 and applies to scheduled TI Bus Tour departures

*fare may vary please check current fare and availability online, operates seasonally June to September, in line with Peddells Seisia / TI Ferry Service

*see Online Special (Bus+Ferry Return)

*this fare is not applicable to tours outside the seasonal schedule

N.B. TI Bus Tour duration approx. 85 mins, select departure time when booking online. Departure point unless otherwise advised is from bus stop Victoria Pde near Turtle sculptures at Engineers Jetty. Travellers that are not travelling on the 8 am Seisia to TI Peddells Ferry that morning should contact the office in advance to confirm final tour details. 

Traveller Tips : Please be sure to use the restrooms on the ferry prior to disembarking Thursday Island and bring your water bottle, hat, camera and a big smile.  If you are preferring to travel with another guest please contact our head office in advance and we will endeavour to assist where possible.


To make more of your Thursday Island’s visit book into the latest Cultural Tour. This cultural experience is a separate attraction to the TI Bus Tour but we are happy to drop you off nearby, just mention to your driver when you board the bus. Migi Malu Experience starts from $100 pp and includes a morning or afternoon tea as well as the cultural dance presentation and interpretation.  The program supports youth and nurtures cultural values. Tip. If you are also intending to purchase a ticket for the Thursday Island Bus Tour you will need to check availability for a 9.20 am tour or tour time after lunch. 

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We acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land,
water and community. We pay our Respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Cultures, and Elders past, present and emerging.