Island is the second largest island in the 'inner' Torres Strait.
It is a lot larger
than Thursday Island and has a lot less population - only about 700
A lot of people do
but they are mostly locals - because it's the central airport for the
Torres Strait, with regular flights between Cairns and all
other Torres Strait Islands.
For a traveller, there is
not a lot, unless you are really into the
local Second World War history. There is the township - Wasaga,
... with its museum
(with the WWII as well as some local Kaurareg history), ... the Horn Island resort,
... and the Wongai hotel
(also the only pub on Horn Island).
Outside, there are a few nice spots and beaches,
... and there are the Second
World War sites.
They say it was the "forgotten isle" until the Second World War, when
it became the most
strategical site for an air base that would be close to
Papua New Guinea, while large and flat enough for an airstrip, and
still in Australian waters. Japanese soon realised
the importance of its location - if they could get hold on
this air base they could attack locations in southern Australia. They attacked the island in seven
raids, making Horn Island the second most attacked after
Luckily they did not get it, and what we have today is some airplane wrecks, gun pits, fuel drums,slit trenches and other relics and remnants
sitting in the bush.
And more importantly than anything we have the airport, which
probably wouldn't have been here if it wasn't for the WWII. It was built in 1940,
and ended up having a runway too short for large American military
aircraft, so they tried to extend it, but with no luck built another
airport in Bamaga
is still there but not in use for passenger flights).
this 50 pages
guide totally for FREE.
contains information that helps you getting started with planning of your trip.
You get to make early-stages desicions such as when to go, how long time you
should take, how to get
there and get
to stay (general info), what
will it cost..
and a short insight to what is there to see and do in Cape York.
This complete 300 pages
travel guide is all you need before and during your trip. Besides the
background chapters on the peninsula's history and wildlife; and the comprehensive detail about all
the places (down to prices, opening hours and full contact
detail), it has invaluable information on at least 10 four wheel drive tracks,
at least 30 guaranteed FREE
camping spots on the Cape (and at least 150 on your way to
the Cape), at least 40 best
swimming holes, all mapped; as well as practical things -
from fuel, roads, wireless internet and mobile phone reception,
how to deal with the national
parks booking rules; and Aboriginal land entrance and camping permits
and alcohol restrictions - to vehicle preparation and accessories and necessary recovery
gear by my partner
Mark who is the recovery guy on northern Cape York and the Old
Not to mention locals'
tips on how to spot that croc and palm cockatoo ;-)
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