keeping northern australia connected

Travel Options and Itineraries

Just relax!  Enjoy the authentic experience of life on a real working cargo ship while taking in the sights of a remote area of Australia.  The Torres Strait area is an often overlooked but truley remarkable region of the world.  A camaraderie soon strikes up between our like-minded, independent travellers who are all on board for a unique adventure. There are various travel options:

Round Trip

5 Nights / Cairns to Cairns

  • Cairns to Cairns.
  • Tuesday – Boarding time TBA.
  • Thursday morning – Visits Horn Island where there is the option of a tour.
  • Thursday afternoon – Visits Thursday Island where there is an option of a tour or free time to explore.
  • Friday morning – Visits Bamaga where there is also the option of a tour to the northernmost tip of Australia (seasonal).

One Way Trip: Northbound

2-3 Nights / Cairns to Thursday Island or Bamaga

  • Tuesday – Boarding time TBA.
  • Thursday morning – Visits Horn Island where there is the option of a tour.
  • Thursday afternoon – Visits Thursday Island where there is an option of a tour or free time to explore. Passengers can disembark here
  • Friday morning – Remaining northbound passengers disembark here after quarantine control.

One Way Trip: Southbound

2 Nights  / Bamaga to Cairns. 2 Nights

  • Friday morning – Passengers board at Seisia wharf (Bamaga) for an afternoon departure directly to Cairns.
  • Sunday – Arrives in Cairns

The exact schedule may vary from trip to trip and exact arrival / departure times are not known in advance. The operation of the tours cannot be guaranteed.

One-way self drivers

Passengers travelling one way can travel in the other direction by their own vehicle via the Cape York road.  Passenger vehicles are carried on board the vessel at a discounted freight rate.  Camper trailers can also be carried on board. Passenger travelling with their vehicles are allowed to carry one box of either chilled goods or frozen goods free of charge.

Cruise / Fly

Alternatively, one-way passengers can fly in the other direction Qantas flies to/from Horn Island and Skytrans flies to/from Bamaga and Horn Island. Regular ferry services connect Horn Island to Thursday Island (McDonald Charter Boats or Rebel Tours) and Bamaga to Thursday Island (Peddells Ferry).