TOURS & MUSEUM
Come and enjoy the ‘In Their Steps’ tour of Horn Island, with small groups of no more than 21 people, providing an unmatched personal interaction with your guide. Your guides are Liberty and Vanessa, locals and experts in their fields of Torres Strait history, who provide an entertaining and enlightening commentary. This commentary is a mixture of both archival information, and personal stories told to Vanessa and Liberty.
Visit gun emplacements, an underground command post, slit trenches, a WW2 aircraft wreck with an unbelievable story, WW2 airstrip, dispersal bays and taxiways. Walk in the steps of the indigenous and non indigenous soldiers who served in the area, and listen to the eerie sound affects the airstrip today provides.
The tour is conducted in an air conditioned bus, with large viewing windows and travels on actual WW2 roads and tracks laid down by the military.
Included is a souvenir historical booklet and entry to the Torres Strait Heritage Museum on Horn Island. Also available is the rare chance to receive some complimentary historical information about your own family’s military service and advice on other aspects of family research from Vanessa. Be put in touch with your own family’s story.
Torres Strait Heritage Museum
The patrons are the late Arthur Richard Seekee and Fay Seekee. The museum is located on Horn Island, and his home to over 400 exhibits. These exhibits range from the pearling industry, myths and legends of Torres Strait, artwork, artefacts, culture pearling today to the World War Two history of the area. The World War Two displays include archival and personal photos from Japan, America and Australia, with diaries, maps, sketches, and personal artefacts. Each unit and squadron, including the nurses, and are detailed with histories, photos and personal recollections.
Enjoyed with the ‘In Their Steps’ tour of Horn Island, one can see the faces and read of the men and women, whose sites guests have just visited. There is also the opportunity to see the audio visual display, where guests can choose from among pearling, WW2 and general history DVDs of the area. The whole experience is educational, enlightening and moving. If time permits, guests can pursue their own family’s stories with assistance from Vanessa. This is a complimentary service and is dependent on time available. Most guests go away with information and all leave with the tools to continue their own search once at home.
Exploring Thursday Island, or ‘TI’ as it is known, gives visitors the chance to explore both the indigenous and non indigenous history of the island. Learn of the pearling industry, upon which Thursday Island prospered, and the early years of European settlement on TI. Discover how World War Two changed the face of TI, and the regrowth of the island’s population following their return after World War Two.
Visit historical and scenic locations that have interwoven themselves into the fabric of the community. Green Hill fort offers spectacular views above ground, while the museum located in the old powered and cordite rooms and tunnels beneath the hill is an adventure. The historical Thursday Island cemetery is a history book nestled against the hill, while original township buildings are waiting to be explored. Thursday Island has evolved into a dynamic multicultural community, the perfect place to enjoy our tropical lifestyle.
Horn Island ‘In Their Steps’ Tour and Lunch package
Includes : ‘In Their Steps’ tour of Horn island, scrumptious Asian buffet lunch, entry to the Torres Strait Heritage Museum, historical tour booklet, Horn Island wharf return transfers and return ferry transfers from Thursday Island – Horn Island.
There is an option to enjoy the tour alone, without the lunch. Yes, this trip can be incorporated with your day trip to Thursday Island.
‘Two in a Day’ tour package. – a visit to Thursday & Horn Islands.
Includes both tours of Thursday and Horn Islands, return ferry transfers Thursday –Horn Islands, buffet lunch at the Gateway Resort on Horn Island, entry to both the Green Hill Fort and Torres Strait Heritage museums, return wharf transfers on Horn Island, and two souvenir historical booklets. This package is jam packed full of experiences and great for a day trip, however there is no time for shopping.
To really breathe in the tropical atmosphere and give you time to enjoy both islands, we recommend staying overnight.
‘Over the Top’ package – an overnight stay in Torres Strait
The ultimate way to experience Torres Strait, stay the night and relax. This package allows you to experience ‘TI time’, where everything is enjoyed at a slower pace, and you have the opportunity to stay in Wasaga Village, Horn Island. The sunsets from the wharf are sublimely tropical !
This package includes :
- Tours of Thursday and Horn Islands + 2 souvenir historical books.
- Entry to the Green Hill Fort Museum, Thursday Island.
- Return ferry transfer, Thursday – Horn Islands.
- Return ferry transfer : Seisia to Thursday Island
- Buffet dinner, and lunch.
- Continental buffet breakfast
- One night twin share accommodation at the Gateway Torres Strait Resort, Horn Island.
- Wharf fishing at Horn Island
- Horn Island wharf transfers
- Unlimited entry to the Torres Strait Heritage Museum, Horn Island.
Why not stay more than one night – T.I Time Style !
The ultimate way to experience the area is to stay more than one night, allowing you to enjoy any or all of the following.
- Helicopter sightseeing : many packages available.
- 4WD Tour of the Tip of Cape York.
- 4WD Tour of Elliot Falls, Cape York.
- A Culture Pearl Farm Tour.
- Fishing Charter – loads of options
- Boating, with a BBQ on a secluded beach.
- An Outer Island visit. These visits must be prearranged, call us for details.
- Fixed wing aircraft sightseeing.
Contact Torres Strait Heritage to discuss your adventure options.