Explore the Unknown On The Torres Strait Islands. Number 62 of the “100 Things To Do In Australia Before You Die” by Australian Traveller magazine.

Where is it? Between Cape York and New Guinea

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We’ve all heard of the Torres Strait Islanders, and we know they are Australian (in fact, many Torres Strait Islands are considered to be part of Queensland), but how much do we know about their home? The Torres Strait Island group comprises 274 small islands that are a wonderful mix of Melanesian and Aboriginal culture. Thursday Island is the best known, a friendly and easygoing holiday destination with beautiful scenery and a tragic history. The Japanese Pearl Memorial and crowded cemeteries tell a sad tale of the once-thriving pearl base. If you are the adventurous type, there’s a wealth of island gems to discover here.

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