Thursday Island, colloquially known as TI, is the location of the main town, and is also the administrative centre, of the Torres Strait Islands. It is situated off the tip of Queensland's Cape York Peninsular, and is part of the Commonwealth of Australia.
Waibene acquired the name ‘Thursday Island’ in 1848 when Captain Stanley, who was in charge of HMS Rattlesnake recorded the names of three islands in the area; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Islands. Admiralty maps made in 1855 however, reversed the order of the islands as set down by Captain Stanley.
Being only 3.5 km² in size, Thursday Island is one of the smallest islands in the group. The neighbouring Horn island, where the airstrip is located, is very much larger.
Thursday Island's population of 2,550 is made up, largely of indigenous Torres Strait Islanders, a Melanesian people. However, there are many others who are descendants of Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian and Malay people who came as pearl divers in the early twentieth century. There is also a smaller number of European-descent people, many of whom are employed by the government, and also a small but significant number of mixed-race locals as Thursday Island has become something of a melting pot.
Regular scheduled flights connect Thursday Island with Cairns. However, the airstrip is on neighbouring Horn Island, which is connected to Thursday by a ferry service. There is also a daily ferry service to/from Seisia on the mainland.
It is possible to walk everywhere on Thursday Island, but it is hilly and you would need to enjoy hiking.
Millman Hill. The 104 m hill is a World War II defence facility.
Green Hill Fort. The fort was built in 1892 to protect the island against a potential Russian invasion. The fort has not been operational since 1927. Today it is a heritage feature of the island.
Most night life centres on the pubs.
Almost everything is shipped in to Thursday Island. There are Ibis, Col Jones and Seehop stores as well as a Torres Strait Island fabric design shop at Monas Bazaar.
There are a number of hotels on Thursday Island and beer and other drink is readily available. Prices are higher than in mainland cities.
There is a choice of medium priced hotels on Thursday Island.