Prince of Wales Island


Prince of Wales Island is the largest island in Torres Strait.

It is in the southern group of these islands,



... closest to the mainland along with TI,


... between Friday and Horn Island.

Northern Prince of Wales Island

In the northern end of the island, is the community - the "village" - Muralug - the same name as the indigenous name of the island.

muralug

It is a nice quiet community with views over the waterfront and boats parked along the shoreline.

pow muralug

On the other side of the northernmost headland, Kiwain Point,

pow muralug to collis beach

... is Collis Beach, the quieter side of the village.

pow collis beach

South of both, there is an inland track,

pow track to homestead

... past a swimming hole,

pow swimming hole

... to the old homestead.

pow homestead fence

There are fences and old buildings around,

pow homestead

... and there is even an old airstrip.

pow airfield

South of here, 


pow track

... there is a track,

pow track to waterfalls

... to Pandanus Waterfalls.

pow to waterfalls

The final end is walking only,

pow bush
pow bush walk

... it first gos through the bush, then gets rockier and rockier.

pow rocky pow rock walk

The falls are dry late in the dry season,

pow waterfalls pow pandanus waterfalls

... but the swimming hole is still there all year around.

Eastern Prince of Wales Island

Back on the eastern coast, south of Muralug Village is the Country Womens' Beach.

pow country womens beach

Then, there is a long stretch of mangroves,

pow east coast

... before you come to Red Point,

pow red point

... then Box Beach,

pow box beach

... and Box Waterfalls and swimming hole. 


pow box waterfalls

Then, there is another stretch of mangroves,

pow east mangroves

... until you come to the headland called Camp Place.

pow camp place

There are small beaches,

pow camp place

... and then the headland called Rattlesnake Point.

pow rattlesnake point

Southern Prince of Wales Island

After the Rattlesnake Point,

pow rattlesnake point

... a huge area of mangroves starts,

pow south mangroves

... there are a few islets,

pow pipa islet

... and in the middle of it all is Port Lihou Island.

pow port lihou island

Port Lihou Island

It is technically attached to Prince of Wales, being separated by the mangrove swamp instead of open waters.

pow port lihou island

On the southern side, there is a beach,

pow port lihou island beach

... and then, the mangroves continue.

pow mangrove channels

Further south, there are the Small Beaches,

pow small beaches

... then the Cape Cornwall,

pow cape cornwall

... Wongai Beach,

pow wongai beach

... Yule Point,

pow yule point

... and after that on the western side of the island - Frenchman's Beach,

pow frenchmans beach

... and Froggie Beach.

pow froggie

Western Prince of Wales Island

Other small beaches and sandbars continuing north-west,

pow sandbar

... until you get to Bampfield Head,

pow bampfield head

... Bampfield Beach,

pow bampfield beach

... Terry,

pow terry beach

... and Cherry.

pow cherry beach

Mangroves at the mouth of the North-West Creek
,

pow north west creek

... then the North-West Islet.

pow northwest islet

Next one north - the Long Beach,

pow long beach

... then the Little Beach,

pow little beach

... then the Big Buttertin,

pow big butter tin

... and the Little Buttertin.

pow little butter tin

After that, and the Hochepied Head,

pow hochepied head

... there is the Passage - another stretch with mangroves,

pow the passage

... until you get back to Collis Beach,

pow passage to collis beach

... back at the northern tip where the Muralug Village is.





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