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An autonomous, prosperous and sustainable community and council


Ugar Island is situated in the eastern section of Torres Strait, near the Great Barrier Reef and North of Coconut / Poruma Island and North West of Murray Island and Darnley Island.

Ugar is home to the region’s smallest community. It is an island of volcanic origin, with rich fertile soil and dense tropical vegetation.

There is no airstrip, with access by helicopter or boat only.

The traditional language of Ugar Island is Meriam Mìr, of which there were formerly two dialects, Erub-Ugar and Mer-Dauar-Waier.

Language group

The language of Ugar is the Meriam Mer. 


Approx. 80 residents


  • Helipad
  • Regional council office
  • State school (years pre-prep to year 7)
  • Guest house (5 rooms)
  • Barge ramp
  • Pier (small craft and passengers)
  • Council workshop / compound
  • Sporting facilities - indoor and outdoor multipurpose courts
  • IBIS store
  • Anglican Church
  • Water facility
  • Health centre
  • Telstra phone tower
  • Ergon power facility
  • TSIRC units (three units)


Refer to GBR Helicopters and Nautilus Aviation

TSIRC operational hours

Monday to Friday, 9am – 12noon; 1pm - 4pm


Contact: Jerry Stephen, Divisional Manager


Phone: 07 4083 2450 / 07 4083 2457


Cluster Manager,  Dawson Sailor


Phone: 07 40 832 550

Visitor approval


Council Accommodation

Ugar Guest House

3 x single rooms, 2 x twin shared rooms, shared kitchen and amenities

Rate: $274 per night

Phone: 07 4083 2450

Accommodation keys are to be collected and dropped off at the Council Office prior to departure from Ugar Community.

All approved visiting guests are required to sign the Council’s visitor book to document the visit for record purposes.

Bookings can be made by contacting Ugar Office.




Operating hours: Monday to Friday, 10am – 12:00pm, 3pm - 5pm

Saturday, 9am - 12noon


Contact: 07 4214 7090

Community social groups

  • Native Title Group
  • Church Group


The Ark of Transfiguration Church

Gazetted holidays

Gazetted holidays for Ugar Island Community include:

  • 3 July 2017 - Coming of the Light
  • 7 July 2017 - The Ark of Transfiguration Church Day
  • 1 November 2017 - All Saints Church Day
  • 11 December 2017 - Native Title Determination Day

Public access facilities

Facilities include:

  • Sports stadium
  • IKC
  • Public hall
  • Outdoor basketball courts
  • Gazebos at Esplanade.

Contact TSIRC Office for more information.