The Torres Strait contains at least 250 islands in the narrow strait between Australian and Papua New Guinea, with Thursday Island (affectionately known as ‘TI’) being the administrative centre with a population of 3500.
Apart from fishing, diving, pearling, drinking beer and maybe playing the occasional game of beach cricket or football, there really isn’t much else to do – which is exactly the way some people like it.
Tourism is a growing industry in the Torres Strait and there are regular flights from Cairns. A weekly boat runs to the islands.
Torres Strait Islanders occupy a unique position in the Australian demographic: they wished to remain Australian when Papua New Guinea gained its independence from Australia in 1975 but have a distinct culture. There are two indigenous languages spoken on the islands (English is the official language)