Thursday Island (colloquially popular as TI, or in native language, Waiben) belongs to Torres Strait Islands archipelago located approx 39 km (24 ml) north of Cape York Peninsula in Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia. The island covers a total area of approx 3,5 km2 (1,4 ml2) and has population of around 2,610 people (2011 census).
- Thursday Island is the commercial and administrative centre of Torres Strait Island Region. The traditional owners of land and seas surrounding the island are Muralag peoples.
- The highest point on the Island is Milman Hill, standing at 104 m (341 ft) above sea level, which is a World War II defence facility.
- Thursday Island is one of the two bases for Torres Straits Pilots, cooperative owned and run by Master Mariners who pilot vessels through the Straits down to Cairns. This service is necessary because navigation through the region is tricky due to extensive reef systems.
- Thursday has the area courts and hospital. It is also the regional centre for higher education, as well as the centre for research organisations and the administrative base for federal, state and local federal governments. Banking is available.
- The island is in part self-sufficient for water, and some is piped from the adjacent island. Thursday Island has two wind turbines generating some of the electricity requirement.
- The economy of Thursday Island is dependent on its role as administrative centre and supported by fishing and pearling, as well as fast-developing tourism, with probably the most famous tourists being Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright and short story writer) and Banjo Paterson (1864-1941, Australian poet, author and journalist). The most numerous are day-trippers from cruise ships that call on the island each year.
- Thursday Island has a few heritage-listed sites, such as Quetta Memorial Precinct, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, Thursday Island Cemetery (incorporating Japanese Cemetery and the Grave of Hon.John Douglas), Thursday Island Customs House and Gab Titui Cultural Centre (2004), showcasing both heritage and contemporary artworks.
Highlights: Cape York, Torres Strait Museum, Green Hill fort
The Thursday Island cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Thursday Island, Queensland, Australia.
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Port Thursday Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Thursday Island, Queensland, Australia. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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30 March, 2017