Peddells Thursday Island Tours

With over 30 000 crossings between Thursday Island and Seisia, Peddells is the most experienced passenger ferry operator in Torres Strait.

Lesley and Jim Peddell were born and bred on Thursday Island and their Torres Strait family ties date back many generations. After years of commercial and recreational diving, fishing and sailing the Straits Jim and Lesley recognised the growing need for a regular passenger service to link the top of the Cape with Thursday Island. Peddells launched the first privately owned and operated scheduled ferry run between Thursday Island and the Seisia in 1979.

Passenger Ferry

Peddells first vessel on this run was a 33ft cruiser, built on Thursday Island cruised at the relaxing pace of just 6 knots. In 2000 Peddells built and launched ‘MV Strait Magic’ a 17 m, 80 passenger high speed catamaran and in 2013 ‘MV Torres Magic’ the 20m 120 passenger catamaran is the latest addition to the fleet. The ‘MV Torres Magic’ offers a mechanised system for luggage handling, onboard kiosk, Nespresso coffee machine, air-conditioned cabins on both decks as well as sun deck seating on the bow and greater wave reach for a more comfortable ride.

Bus Tours

Peddells professional tour guides will delight you with knowledgeable and entertaining narratives of Thursday Island’s history. This guided tour is quite simply the best way to explore historic Thursday Island. You will visit all the main points of interest as well as areas off-the-track. A modern fleet including 20 and 53 seater air-conditioned coaches ensures you tour in both comfort and style.

The Jetty Shop

In response to demand from visitors stepping ashore and departing from the Engineers Jetty on Thursday Island, Peddells established a gift store that is all about quality, identifying the most sought after items and making them conveniently available to their ferry clientele. Gifts, souvenirs and pearl jewellery from the nearby Kazu Pearl Culture Farm are part of this special collection. A selection of Jetty Shop items are also available at the kiosk onboard the ‘MV Torres Magic’.