Torres and Cape

    Torres and Cape

    About the Torres & Cape region

    The Torres and Cape Hospital Health Service delivers health services to more than 25,000 people who are located across Cape York, the Northern Peninsula area and the Torres Strait Islands. 60 per cent of the population in the Torres and Cape Hospital Health Service region identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. 


    • The Torres Strait Islands are north of Cape York and south of Papua New Guinea.
    • The Islands have stunning, untouched beaches which lead into sparkling, crystal clear waters. Torres Strait Islands are a hidden wonder and visitors will enjoy being in a tropical paradise with a variety of things to do and see.
    • Cape York Peninsula contains the historic town of Cooktown, remote Savannah and rainforest clad national parks.
    • From the Western Cape and the Gulf of Carpentaria to the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef this remote part of Australia captivates visitors with amazing wildlife, cultural experiences, characters and adventure.
    • There are plenty of opportunities for great fishing, 4WD adventures and bush camping.


    Thursday Island

    Thursday Island is a colourful island paradise where time really does seem to stand still. It lies between the northern tip of Queensland and Papua New Guinea in the Torres Strait. While you walk through town you can also admire the colonial architecture which is left over from World War II. Make sure you stop and take in the local culture and enjoy the local art and markets. There are a number of restaurants on the islands that serve up some of the freshest and tastiest seafood in all of Australia. You can also go and catch your own seafood and join up with one of the many fishing charters.

    Archer Point

    The turnoff to Archer Point is about 20km south of Cooktown on the Mulligan Highway and is 4WD recommended. This is one of the best beach fishing locations on the coast with one of the most spectacular views of the coastline. There is reef close to the shore, which can be walked to at low tide. Bush camping is also permitted.

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