thursday island

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Am travelling to Cape York and wished to include a visit to Thursday Island. Just looking for some info on if we can organise the trip when we get to cape york or should we book beforehand. Also can we stay overnight and are there any cultural tours/experienes to have while we are there

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Reply By: Member - Tony H (touring oz) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 11:50

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 11:50
Hi Debbie,
It is several years now since we stayed at Punsand Bay, but the staff there organised a day trip for us, a ferry pulls into the bay & a tinny comes in to pick you up & transfer you to the ferry.
It was a full day trip & we did a bus tour of the island, I think we had lunch at the pub....all in all a good day & would recommend
Its amazing how different the locals are there compared to the locals on the mainland & yet they only live a few k's apart
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Follow Up By: Life Member - esarby (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 12:50

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 12:50
Debbie g. I stayed at Loyalty Beach in 2008. Nice camp Site with everything you need. You can book at the Kiosk and they transfer you the Jetty, where you board the ferry. Safer to leave your Tub at the camp site. There is a two hour coach trip around T.I. recommended. We did Horn Island as well. Coach trip around Horn Island WW 2 history Tour and then lunch at the resort before returning to T.I. and back. Or you can stay overnight if you want to see more of T.I. A great Trip not to be missed, Steve.B...


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Follow Up By: Ray - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 18:00

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 18:00
A tinny? I thought that Thursday Island would be beer free. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 18:22

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 18:22
There is a ban on drinking in public places, however with the high percentage of inhabitants being federal agency officials etc i would suspect there would not be tighter restrictions. You can consume alcohol in licensed premises.

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Follow Up By: Member - John B2 (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 18:31

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 18:31
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Reply By: Member - Michael P (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 12:49

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 12:49
Debbie,
The main ferry leaves from Seisa & can be booked from there. If You are interested in WW11 history etc. look at getting ferry from Seisa to T.I. bus tour of the Island then ferry to Horn Is. overnight there & sight seeing then ferry back to T.I. for return to Seisa You may be able to get a flight from Horn Is to Seisa You will be able to book from almost anyehere up there.
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Follow Up By: Life Member - esarby (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 12:55

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 12:55
Debbie & Michael. This technology is faster than the brain and the fingers. Sorry to double up. The ferry does not run on Sunday though.

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Reply By: sweetnam - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 12:53

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 12:53
Hi

We did it last year, and had to book ahead. It was that busy they were 3 or 4 days behind.

We stopped at Weipa on the way up and booked Thur Island there to make sure we didn't have to wait.

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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 14:41

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 14:41
I agree...had to book 2-3 days ahead (fortunately we had time to spare), as it is busy in the peak season.

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Reply By: stew1978 - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 14:04

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 14:04
We (wife and 2 kids) went in 09. To be honest I wouldn't go again. Sure there is a bit to see on the bus tour but not much else. Many love it but it was not for us. Would have prefered to relax in camp at Punsand Bay. God I love that place.

We organised it through the office at the camp site in Punsand bay. We had to drive to Sesia though. No pick up offered to us.



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Follow Up By: CSeaJay - Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 19:22

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 19:22
Same

Glad I did it, would recommend you do it once, but I on't do it again

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, Jun 22, 2011 at 04:36

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2011 at 04:36
For something really different try a Japanese lunch and a pearl farm tour on Friday Island. Prebook 24 hours ahead. Fantastic food.



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Reply By: Member - Vince M (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 23, 2011 at 15:35

Thursday, Jun 23, 2011 at 15:35
Debbie
In the peak time book ahead, if is early or late in the season not a problem
Friday is floral day you should dress in floral (if any of your friends are of large sizes this is the place to shop, still have some pretty bad Hawaiian shirts) plenty to see, book the bus tour or the taxi tour.The taxi tour was cheaper & is a better tour the young guy is a 4th generation Chinese/islander he also did fishing trips (can,t remember he's name had the only fibreglass charter fishing boat as well) Plenty of places to stay motel/hotel but book ahead. Due to so many Gov Dept's based on TI its hard to find a house to book if there's a group & you will pay dearly for it as rents are ridiculous & as rare as hens teeth
Culturally there are a few tours, but take the time to walk thru the cemetery,
this will tell you a lot (Did you no that the Japanese did not Bomb TI during the war because it had so many Japanese buried their yet all around got a hammering) If your into war history do both the fort & horn Is tours, Just of the tip of cape York is a wreak called the Quetta (qld largest loss of life in its marine history) the ships bell is used in one of the local churches & use to have some great stained glass windows telling the story of the wreak & the only survivor was a little girl (last year it was being renovated should be finish now) & if you stay for any time you will love it & the Islanders
Hope this helps
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Follow Up By: Member - Vince M (NSW) - Saturday, Jun 25, 2011 at 18:31

Saturday, Jun 25, 2011 at 18:31
Debbie
tours are Lax Charters & tours call Dirk 0427856287 lax_tours@hotmail.com
(Deb there's no connection other than he does a great tour as he knows it so well & is a super nice guy who loves he's Island home)
hope this helps
regards Vince
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