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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

Have YOU ever thought of coming to the Horn Island in Torres Strait?
How to get here:

AIR: Travel to Torres Strait via Qantaslink to Horn Island (HID) from Cairns (CNS). Phone: 131313.

SEA: Seaswift Cargo and Passenger Vessel from Cairns. The vessel Trinity Bay travels from Cairns to Horn Island, Thursday Island and Seisia, each week. Phone: 1800 424 422 for bookings and information.

ROAD: Drive yourself to the Tip of Cape York, then catch a ferry across to Horn Island. Don’t want to drive yourself try a 4WD tour. See our links page for 4wd tour ideas and Cape York accommodation.

How do I make a booking before I leave home ?
Call, email, fax or write to us using our contacts, see ‘Our Contacts’ link. We will take care of your travelling needs and make all bookings before you leave home.

I’m driving up the Cape and staying at one of the Campgrounds, can we visit Horn Island?
Yes just ask your Campground to book your Horn Island tour and Ferry.

We’re staying at a Campground on the Cape and want to get a good look around.
Speak to the Campground Staff and get them to book you a Gateway “Full Benefit” Package. It includes:

  • Garrison Town Tour of Thursday Island
  • Entry into the Torres Strait Historical Society Underground Museum of Green Hill Fort, Thursday Island.
  • Forgotten Island tour of Horn Island
  • 3 full meals v Entry into the Torres Strait Heritage Museum, Horn Island.
  • Complimentary souvenir booklets.
  • Fishing at the local wharf (supplied fishing gear)
  • Free In house movies & Overnight accommodation.

Waiting at the airport ?
While waiting at the airport, take the opportunity to visit the Torres Strait Heritage Museum. The price includes return airport transfers, entry to the Torres Strait Heritage Museum, tea/coffee and biscuits and a souvenir booklet.

Horn Island Facilities.

FOOD : Horn Island has two general corner stores, where basic items can be purchased. One of these stores is also an outlet for Video 2000, hiring dvds and video movies.

FUEL : Fuel for vehicles and boats can be purchased at the Seaswift Depot.

MONEY : An eftpos facility exists at the Gateway Torres Strait Resort, however there is an ATM machine on nearby Thursday Island.

ACCOMODATION : The Gateway Torres Strait Resort has 22 self contained rooms.

FERRY TRAVEL : McDonald Charter boats provides a lovely harbour cruise across to Thursday Island. This beautiful trip takes 15minutes .The ferry has trips every hour from 6:30am-6:00pm Mon-Sat with seven ferry trips on Sundays.

MEDICAL : Horn Island has a state of the art Health Care Centre, with a nurse on duty 5 days a week, and a nurse/health care professional available 24 hours a day for medical concerns. For larger concerns, Thursday Island has a Medical Centre and Hospital, and can be reached by ferry or by Medivac Helicopter.

AMBULANCE : There is an ambulance available on Horn Island for emergencies, call 000.

POLICE : A modern police station is located behind the Gateway Resort. Call 000 for emergencies.

MAIL : Mail can be deposited at the Gateway Resort for postage. The South Pacific Store is an agent for Australia Post.

 
     
         
                 
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Climate
There are two distinct season in Torres Strait, the Wet and Dry season. The Wet season extends from December ­ April/May, while the Dry season begins April/May ­ December.

Wet season : Punctuated by daily rainfall, the area is beautiful and green, with boating, fishing and aqua adventures a real treat. During this time of year, access to the area is via air and sea.

Dry season : Sunny days, blue skies, and sea breezes describe our dry season. Very little rain falls at this time of year, and when winter chills

ls the bones in the southern areas of Australia, Horn Island is a welcome, warm haven.

 
     
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