Horn Island: Heritage Museum (WWII history and Torres Strait artwork and artefacts )
Thursday Island: taxi tour, free time
Start your day at Seisia joining Cape York Adventures on board the Strait Runner. You are in a small group enjoying a personal cruise through Torres Strait on a dedicated tour vessel.
Depart Seisia Wharf at 8.am (be there by 7.45am). Back by 4.00 - 4.15pm
Departing Seisia wharf we head across the Endeavour Straits passing Prince of Wales and Entrance Island enroute to Horn Island to visit the Heritage Museum, a privately owned collection of WW2 history and local culture and artefacts.
Back on the boat and off to TI, administrative centre of the Torres Strait.
Arriving at TI around 10.45am your taxi tour commences ( 1 hour). You have about 90 minutes to check out the main street, buy lunch at one of the several pubs and cafes.
Back on the boat at 1.30pm and over to Roko Island. Soak up the serenity, enjoy a coffee , or an icy cold tap beer or cocktail and walk around the island, you may even wish to purchase a souviner
BY 3.45 pm we head back to the mainland.
Your skipper will keep you informed and look after your needs.
Price Adults $275pp
Child. $165pp 5-14 yrs
* Tour not recommended for children under 5 yrs of age
NB: Please be aware you will need TELSTRA ph service to have any phone reception up this way .
By 2.30pm we are at beautiful ROKO Island . Roko is the smallest inhabited, self sustained island in the Torres Strait . A tropical paradise , where you can forget the red dust for a moment , relax and enjoy a cold tap beer or cocktail at the ' Jetty Bar ' if you wish , whilst absorbing the spectacular scenery .
Cruising on to Thursday Island you can begin your exploration with the history walk on the water front, what do you know about Luis Vaez de Torres? What about 1606?
Who named Thursday Island?
While you are wandering along the water front visit Gab Titui Cultural Centre, a premier art destination and repository for Torres Strait cultural artefacts. They sell Erub Arts (Darnley Island) artworks and many other local artists works.
At 10.30am we meet at Ma Kai Café where you can enjoy those city luxuries: barista made lattes and cappuccinos. Crayfish Pies are on the menu for those wanting to try the local delicacy.
Thursday Island is TI to the locals, and we will meet some of those locals who will take our guests on a personal taxi tour of the island. Our small groups mean you are enjoying a very personal tour around TI with guides who have shown our guests around TI for a decade.
You will visit the highest point at Green Hill for a spectacular 360 degree view of the surrounding waterways, islands & TI. What threat to the British Empire prompted the building of Green Hill Fort on TI?
You will visit TI cemetary: is there a Japanese Princess buried there? How many Japanese pearl divers graves are there? Is there a Japanese Imperial guard? See the tombstone memorial to Bernard Namok, the designer of the Torres Strait flag. What about Ephraim Bani the Torres Strait historian.
Your guides will share history and culture stories as they show you around the whole island. Our guests always love meeting a TI local.
Wander Douglas Street and visit the Quetta Memorial Cathedral, Mona's Bazaar is always interesting, ''Seehops' and Ah Boo's are classic TI stores known by the name of the owner. Tribal Boutique and Uncle Frankie's Café are city chic while Customs House on the waterfront reminds the visitor of the colonial history of Far North Queensland.
Or you might want to just stay on the cool verandah of the Torres and enjoy another cold drink.
You don't need to be back at the boat until 1.30pm giving you plenty of time to wander TI and explore (it isn't that big !)
Keep you eye out for Dugongs , Turtles and Crocs as we head into Horn Island, you just never know.
You will wander through the village to visit the Heritage Museum. The privately run Museum has all the WWII history of the area complied by local historian and WWII expert Vanessa Seekee. The Museum also showcases the artwork and Torres Strait artefacts collected by Richard Seekee and his family over decades and decades in Torres Strait.
There is something to interest young and old in the museum from Pearl Divers suits and model pearl luggers to the stories and artefacts from WWII and the turtle shells and paintings and stories from Torres Strait.
All tours depart Seisia Wharf.
Cape York Adventures
PO Box 162, Bamaga QLD 4876
36 Tradesmans Way
Seisia 4876 ( Boat shed )
MOB: 0491949 009 Text or Phone
Shed Ph 07 4069 3018 ( not always attended so mobile is best )
Seisia Wharf, Queensland, Australia