Linking the Cape with the Torres Strait

Travel Information

Thursday Island (Waibene) is the town centre for the Inner Island group of Torres Strait.  Here you will find a variety of accommodation, cafes, hotels and local shops include Hardware, Pharmacy, Gift stores, supermarket, bakery, art studios spectacular scenery and much more.  Thursday Island Pop. approx 3, 000

Peddells Ferries Depart Engineers Jetty on Thursday Island for Seisia Jetty on Cape York

Thursday Island has a variety of accommodation. Reservations are essential.


The Grand Hotel

Thursday Island Motel

Jardine Motel

Island Villas



Island Stars Cafe – Local indigenous family owned Coffee Shop, Gallery and offering cultural performances. Best known for: Crayfish Toastie

Rosie Ware Design – hilltop studio of local award winning textile designer

Mai Kai Cafe – foreshore bakery and coffee shop. Best known for: coffee on the beach

Frankies Cafe – cafe in main street with pizza shop. Best known for: Crayfish Pizza

Bobby’s Snack Bar – best known for Fish n Chips. Best know for: Battered Fish

Gab Titui Cultural Centre – located a few steps from the jetty art gallery, visiting exhibits and gift store

Green Hill Fort – scenic look out and historic fort. Best known for: the Sunset and ANZAC Dawn Service

Memorials around the island include – Japanese Pearlers Memorial, Torres Strait Flag Designers Memorials, Quetta Memorial Church, Coming of the Light Memorial, ANZAC Park Memorial, Luis Vaaz de Torres Memorial and much more…


Supermarket, Pharmacy, Bank, Post Office, Public Swimming pool, Various Sporting facilities, Hardware, Retail outlets. Plus Hospital, Dentist, Physio, Schools, Churches, Radio Station, Town Hall, Markets, B


Thursday Island’s Airport is located on the more sparsely populated Ngurupai (Horn Island) having the space for an airfield. Local indigenous operator the Loban Family offer a water taxi service and airport bus service, Kawiwalagal, connecting Thursday Island to Horn Island. Kaiwalagal Bookings 0473154188 Email

Air travel from Cairns 

By Air: QantasLink  Ph. 131313   Skytrans 1300 759 872 (please note the airport is located on Horn Island)

By Boat from Seisia at Cape York: Peddells Ferry Service from Seisia 0740691551 (ticket online)

By Car: There are a number of  tour companies providing a range of options to access the pristine Cape York Wilderness, the pathway to Thursday Island in Torres Strait.  From tag-a-long style road trips to all inclusive camping and/or accommodated options. If you prefer to be independent, then be sure to check road conditions before you depart by contacting RACQ.

To start you off here are a few 4WD tour operators:  Australian Pacific Tours,  Heritage Tours, Outback Spirit, APT, O.A.T. etc..

Peddells offers the only year round scheduled Ferry service from Seisia to Thursday Island. Click here for more information.

The Queensland Government provides assistance with school transport costs for eligible students travelling to and from school under the School Transport Assistance Scheme (STAS). and the Thursday Island School Bus for Qld Govt is Peddells  Parents/Guardians will need to first lodge a STAS application with Qld Govt online, checking their terms and ensuring eligibility. To check terms and other info regarding School Bus please copy and paste the below into your web browser (this is not a clickable link). Qld Govt no longer accept paper applications therefore it is necessary that parents and / or guardians make their application online with Qld Govt.