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Cruises to Thursday Island

Thursday Island (Photo:electra/Shutterstock)

About Thursday Island

Also known as 'TI' or Waibene by its residents, Thursday Island is one of Australia's northernmost outposts, meaning very few people have travelled there. The remote setting is untouched and beautiful, surrounded by lush islands, clear water and abundant marine life. Although the island has many tempting beaches, swimming is not recommended as crocodiles and marine stingers inhabit the region. Fishing, boating and exploring the island's military history are popular alternatives.

The main attraction on Thursday Island is the Green Hill Fort and Museum, with its underground rooms and tunnels. TI locals are friendly, so don't be shy to say hello or strike up a conversation at one of the typically Aussie pubs.

As the commercial and administrative centre of the Torres Strait Islands, a sparsely populated archipelago between the tip of Australia and Papua New Guinea, Thursday Island has more buildings than you may expect in such a remote place -- mostly along the two main streets -- and a population of about 2,600. Measuring just 3 square kilometres (1.2 square miles), it's possible to walk around the island, but taxis and car rental are available near the wharf.

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Star Breeze
Star Breeze

49 Night
Cruise to Thursday IslandDetails

113 Reviews
Leaving:Kobe
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Sep 22, 2022
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Crystal Endeavor
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16 Night
Cruise to Thursday IslandDetails

2 Reviews
Leaving:Bali
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
Dec 7, 2023
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Silver Whisper
Silver Whisper

16 Night
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Leaving:Brisbane
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Feb 16, 2024
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Viking Mars
Viking Sky

28 Night
Cruise to Thursday IslandDetails

Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Mar 21, 2023
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28 Night
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Leaving:Bangkok
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Nov 29, 2022
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16 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Mar 21, 2023
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137 Night
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Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Dec 22, 2022
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92 Night
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409 Reviews
Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Feb 13, 2024
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78 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Feb 27, 2024
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18 Night
Cruise to Thursday IslandDetails

275 Reviews
Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Mar 4, 2024
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18 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Jan 26, 2023
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30 Night
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Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Mar 7, 2023
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32 Night
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Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Jan 12, 2023
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39 Night
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Leaving:Tokyo
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Oct 2, 2022
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13 Night
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Leaving:Cairns
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Feb 4, 2023
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16 Night
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Leaving:Bali
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Dec 11, 2022
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118 Night
Cruise to Thursday IslandDetails

Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Jan 10, 2022
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60 Night
Cruise to Thursday IslandDetails

Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Nov 11, 2021
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45 Night
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Leaving:Lautoka
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Nov 26, 2021
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46 Night
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Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Nov 11, 2021
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30 Night
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Leaving:Cairns
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Dec 11, 2021
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27 Night
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Leaving:Hong Kong
Cruise Line:Windstar Cruises
Oct 14, 2022
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91 Night
Cruise to Thursday IslandDetails

Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Sep 17, 2023
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22 Night
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Leaving:Cairns
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Apr 1, 2022
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14 Night
Cruise to Thursday IslandDetails

Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Nov 8, 2023
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Why go to Thursday Island?

Pros:

Remote, untouched, spectacular scenery as far as the eye can see

Cons:

Beaches are not recommended for swimming because of crocodiles and stingers

Bottom Line:

Come to discover the history, especially at Green Hill Fort and Museum

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The Australian dollar is the only currency accepted on Thursday Island; credit cards are also accepted. The National Australia Bank is located on Douglas St.

Language?

English is the main language spoken. There are also five indigenous languages spoken in the Torres Strait and many of the locals also speak Torres Strait Creole, known as 'Broken English'.

--By Louise Goldsbury, Australia Editor

Where You're Docked?

Thursday Island is a tender port. The ride from ship to shore takes about 15 minutes. Near the wharf is a table staffed by two locals, who provide maps, directions and suggestions. Within walking distance are four pubs, a cafe, supermarket, post office, pharmacy, churches, AJ's Car Rental, and Gab Tui Cultural Centre.


Thursday Island Cruise Reviews
Such a little place...but I was primed to see a textile artist (Rosie Ware) right at the pier with her block printed scarves and table linens. The small museum had interesting art to see, and the very small town had... Read More
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dianeherrmann
Cancelled our tour and spent the day in port on our own. Enjoyable.... Read More
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Bkemlein
Ship excursion. Comfortable mini bus with a fun local. Tour of the town, time at the Hill Fort and then a drive to the cemetery which was a very good reflection of the multicultural heritage of the island. Would not... Read More
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Dwarfnandina
There's really nothing there to see.... Read More
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