Darnley Island


Darnley Island is also known as Erub.

Like typical of the islands in the eastern group, it is an island of volcanic origin.



It means most of the island is taken up by uninhabited land,


... while in the southern end are the communities.

Town and Art Centre

The communities - or is it one - it is very spread out in different sections along the southern and south western coast of the island.

darnley island streets

The streets are not quite as narrow as on the central islands, but are nice and colourful,

erub island street

... and lined by palm trees.

darnley island street

There are some nice community beaches,

erub island beach

... both south east and south west,

darnley island beach

... and the hub is where there is a church,

darnley island church

... and the wharf area,

erub island wharf

... with the pier,

darnley island pier

... and the barge ramp.

erub island pier

There is a walk up the hill,

darnley island sunset

... with nice views over the sunset,

darnley island hill

... and the pier area is still lively after the darkness.

darnley island by night

Darnley is most famous for its arts centre,

erub island art centre

... that is full of amazing art indeed.

erub art centre

Particularly known for its ghost net art,

erub island ghost nets

... where ghost nets from the ocean are beautifully recycled ...

erub art

... by being turned into amazing art creations ...

erub ghost net art

... that are not only famous in the rest of Australia but also overseas.

Drive East and North of Darnley Island

The second thing that the locals will mention is the Coming of the Light site.

darnley island drive

It is on the northern side of the island,

erub island drive

... so the opposite side of the communities (which are in the south).

darnley island road

It is a nice drive,

erub island road

... first along the sealed road,

darnley island track

... through varying vegetation,

darnley island views

... with views,

erub island track

... and up and down the hill,

darnley island north

... until it descends down to the northern beach ...

erub island north

... to the Coming of the Light site.

darnley island road to coming of the light

It's down on a beautiful beach,

erub island road to coming of the light

... with pandanus palms and ...

erub island coming of the light beach

... nice views in each direction.

darnley island coming of the light beach

It was here that in 1871,


darnley island coming of the light

... the London Missionary Society arrived on the vessel L. M. S. Surprise,

erub island coming of the light

... to introduce Christianity to Darnley (and other Torres Strait Islands),

darnley island coming of the light monument

... and it is here as the 1. July Coming of the Light celebration is held every year.

Other Tracks in the East of Darnley Island

On the way back to the community,

darnley island east drive

... there are tracks off the main road,


darnley island other tracks

... that go to beaches,

darnley island eastern beach

... a sports complex and other places,

darnley island eastern drive

... before getting back to the southern coast and the community.

erub island east drive

Drive West and Centre of Darnley Island

There are also tracks from the community,

darnley island up the hill

.. to the central and western parts of the island.

erub island views

Some start behind the Art Centre ...

erub island up the hill

... and go up the hill,

darnley island central parts

... to the central parts.

erub island hills

They criss-cross much of the central parts of the island,

darnley island hills

... and even go another way to the road to the Coming of the Light site (and the airport).

erub island central parts

When they go up the hill,

darnley island hill drive

... there are some great views,

erub island hill drive

... over the blue waters,

darnley island down the hill

... as always in the Torres Strait.

erub island down the hill

Past the school,

darnley island western drive

... power station,

darnley island western hills

... water plant reservoirs,

erub island western drive

... waste depot,


darnley island western views

... and Telecom Tower, which they only got a few years ago.

erub island western views

... (as of late 2018, most islands still had no tower, meaning almost no mobile phone recepion).

darnley island western parts

A track goes down to a beach, on this, south-western side.

darnley island western beach

It's beautiful and rocky,

darnley island west beach

... with nice views over the water,

erub island western beach

... and very peaceful.

erub island west beach

These, eastern islands,

erub island west drive

... you cannot walk the way you walk the central coral cays.

erub island western hills

They are too big, hilly, and have no continuous beach,

darnley island mechanic

... so you need a car to get around.





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