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Torres Strait Islands

The Torres Strait Islands lie just north of Australia's northern most point Cape York and Papua New Guinea.

This unique location creates a fusion of Melanesian and Australian Aboriginal cultures. Part of Queensland since 1879 and rich in history and traditions, the islands offer a cultural experience off the beaten track.

Showcasing a mix of Asian, European and Polynesian influences stemming back from its heyday as a pearl diving hub, the islands are a friendly laid-back place to explore, unwind and truly get away from it all.

Visit Gab Titui Cultural Centre on Thursday Island for a display of Indigenous art and historical artefacts communities across the region. As the first keeping place for historical artefacts and contemporary Indigenous arts, the centre supports more than 70 artists from the region’s 20 island communities.

With beautiful, untouched beaches and crystal clear waters, a visit to the Torres Strait Islands will make you think that you've left Australia for another Pacific island paradise.

The surrounding reefs create diverse habitats for dugongs, dolphins, giant marlin and several sea turtle species, and the strong currents rushing through the straits provide excellent fishing opportunities.

Flights to the islands leave Cairns every day and a ferry service connects Thursday Island with Seisia on the Australian mainland.

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