Thursday Island

All information about Thursday Island Cruise Port. Timetable for the arrival of ships, the time of their stay and the number of passengers. Thursday Island Port news. Weather forecast and historical weather, as well as water temperatures around Thursday Island.

Thursday Island, Australia
Thursday Island, Australia | © Gab Titui Cultural Centre

Thursday Island: tourist information

Thursday Island situated approximately 39 kilometres off the top of Cape York. T.I, as the islands' more affectionately known by the locals, is nestled in the protective embrace of the Prince of Wales group of Islands in the Torres Strait and is a hilly Island of almost 5 kilometres, it's multi-cultural population numbers around 4000.

Thursday Island holds some great Australian History from playing an important role in WW II, acting as the defence centre for Australia and the near-by Horn Island being a strategic air-base to the traditional inhabitants of this group of Islands that stretch from Cape York to the PNG coastline. These Torres Strait Islanders (being the correct name for this culturally unique group) lived, fished, traded and where possible on the islands tended vegetable gardens, all for them and their families to survive by. They were masters of the sea and it's many products. The first ever contact between the Islanders and Europeans wasn't until 1606 when the Spanish navigator, "Torres" sailed through the Strait which was subsequently then named after him.

Today Thursday Island owes its present day identity to the rough and tumble of the early pearling industry (now declining), (although some pearls are still produced from seeded culture farms) which turned this quiet administrative centre into a cosmopolitan township. An interesting blend of Torres Strait culture, European modernisation and a strong indo-pacific influence has now shaped this remote pearl into a fascinating destination. The main industry now is Fishing, Cray-fishing, Prawning and Trochus.

Thursday Island is an Island that sets it's own pace, allowing you to relax without the constant demands of 'City Living'. Here you can enjoy some of the comforts of home but on a much smaller scale and with some real culture thrown in. There is an Art Gallery, Museums,Markets, Restaurants where you can sample the local delicacies including the famous 'Painted Cray', Cafes, Bakeries, Shopping Facilities, Hotels, Motels, Seafood Factories, Tackle stores for the anglers and much, much more.


  • Country: Australia
  • Capital: Canberra
  • Government: Australia
  • State/Region: Queensland
  • Time Zone: +10 GMT
  • Language: English
  • Latitude: -10.5675529
  • Longitude: 142.2023558
  • Est. Population: 4000
  • Currency: Australian Dollar
  • Police: Bamaga Police Station - Phone: (07) 4069 3156
  • Hospital: Thursday Island Primary Health Care Centre - Douglas Street, Thursday Island 4875; Phone: 4069 0400
  • Ambulance & Rescue: Ambulance - Phone: 070 691 109
  • General: Emergency Phone: 000
  • Thursday Island, Australia
    Thursday Island, Australia | © Anthony Yager
    Thursday Island, Australia
    Thursday Island, Australia | © Günter Kaiser

    Thursday Island in the News

    Thursday Island has not been featured in cruise news in recent years

      Port rating and occupancy

      Port of Thursday Island ranks 582th in the world in terms of the number of tourists visiting it.

      Number of cruise ship calls in the coming year: 13.

      The total number of tourists (passengers) of cruise ships in the port of Thursday Island in the next 12 months is 10070.

      According to the popularity rating among more than 1,000 cruise ports in the world, Thursday Island ranks 922.

      Weather in Thursday Island

      Feb 3
      Min/Max temp: 82°F (28°C) / 82°F (28°C)
      Rain (moderate rain), small wind
      Feb 4
      Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 82°F (28°C)
      Rain (moderate rain), small wind
      Feb 5
      Min/Max temp: 77°F (25°C) / 81°F (27°C)
      Rain (moderate rain), small wind
      Feb 6
      Min/Max temp: 77°F (25°C) / 81°F (27°C)
      Rain (moderate rain), small wind
      Feb 7
      Min/Max temp: 79°F (26°C) / 82°F (28°C)
      Rain (moderate rain), small wind
      Feb 8
      Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 82°F (28°C)
      Rain (heavy intensity rain), no wind
      Feb 9
      Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 82°F (28°C)
      Rain (heavy intensity rain), small wind
      Feb 10
      Min/Max temp: 79°F (26°C) / 81°F (27°C)
      Rain (heavy intensity rain), small wind

      Current water temperature in Thursday Island now is 87°F (30.7°C)

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      Annual Weather

      Min/Max temp: 77°F (25°C) / 82°F (28°C)
      Min/Max temp: 79°F (26°C) / 86°F (30°C)
      Min/Max temp: 79°F (26°C) / 84°F (29°C)
      Min/Max temp: 79°F (26°C) / 84°F (29°C)
      Min/Max temp: 79°F (26°C) / 82°F (28°C)
      Min/Max temp: 79°F (26°C) / 82°F (28°C)
      Min/Max temp: 77°F (25°C) / 82°F (28°C)
      Min/Max temp: 77°F (25°C) / 82°F (28°C)
      Min/Max temp: 77°F (25°C) / 82°F (28°C)
      Min/Max temp: 77°F (25°C) / 84°F (29°C)
      Min/Max temp: 79°F (26°C) / 84°F (29°C)
      Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 86°F (30°C)
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