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Thursday Island, QLD

Thursday Island, now identified as one of the last great frontiers in Australia, boasts some great Australian history. In 1880 Thursday Island acted as the defence centre for Australia and evidence of this still exists, with cannons still in the original positions. It is located 35 kilometres north-west on the tip of Cape York. A majority of the residents are involved in some way with the Island’s new three major industries of pearling, crayfishing and trochus.

Thursday Island

Thursday Island also has facilities such as a sporting complex for basketball and volleyball, an Olympic size swimming pool, a football oval, a primary and secondary school, a general hospital (outpatient), the Torres Strait Campus (Tafe) – part of James Cook University, ambulance and police services.

Distance from Brisbane (State Capital): 3,040 kilometres.

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Nearest Airport: Horn Island

Where to stay?


  • Cultural
  • Historic/Heritage
  • Remote
  • Island

Popular Activities

  • Cruising
  • Scenic Flight
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Adventure
  • Nightlife
  • Wilderness

About Thursday Island

  • Locality: Urban locality
  • Thursday Island Postcode: 4875
  • State: Queensland
  • Region: Outback Queensland
  • Latitude: -10.5838
  • Longitude: 142.2206
  • Elevation: 9m
  • Population: 2938
  • Median Income: $40976
  • Area (Sq/km): 3.709
  • Timezone: Australia/Brisbane

Accommodation In Thursday Island

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