Albany Island


Albany Island is near the tip of Cape York.

It's close to its first settlement - Somerset, separated from the mainland only by the narrow Albany Passage.


It is a beautiful island, surrounded by bright blue waters and white sand beaches.


albany island

But at the moment (2014) there is no working pearl farm even though that may well change in the near future.

albany island australia

There is a nice and well marked walking track which takes you to the other side of the island and back.

albany island walk

The most famous thing along the track is the Kennedy expedition graves, and they are not far from the beginning of the walk.

albany island graves

In May 1849, the only two bodies that did not go missing after the disastrous Kennedy expedition, were buried here - they were the remains of Thomas Wall and Charles Niblett.

albany island kennedy expedition graves

The funeral service was read by the Somerset Police Magistrate at the time, Christopher Hay D'Oyley Aplin, who himself was buried here 26 years later, after he died at Somerset from an epidemic disease. His grave is the one with the cross, right next to Wall and Niblett.

albany island grave christopher hay doyley aplin

After the graves the walking track continues across the highest rise on the southern Albany Island.

albany island walking track

The vegetation is dry and gets more open as you come out on the other side.

albany island walking track

The views over the blue waters and surrounding islands are beautiful.

albany island views

After a while on the top of the island, the track descends

albany island track marker

... until you come to the first beach.

albany island beach

The Albany Island walk goes along the beach,

albany island beach walk

... until a red marker where it turns in again.

albany island beach marker

Then it continues in the bush for a while,

albany island walking track marker

... until it descends to the second beach -

albany island view

... which is longer and even more beautiful than the first.

albany island beach

The walk again goes along the beach,

albany island beach walk

... past a beach hut,

albany island beach hut

... on the beautiful white sand,

albany island walk beach

... until a blue marker where it turns in again,

albany island walk beach marker

... and crosses the island, taking you back to the southern side.

albany island walk marker

There is a lookout point where you see all the way to Somerset Beach (not quite this close - photo taken with a zoom-in lens).

albany island lookout

Back on the southern side of the island there are hammocks to relax,

albany island queensland

.. or enjoy the campfire if you stay over night (along with drinks on the beach and a three course dinner plus breakfast included),

albany island cape york

... or a lunch with views (included in your day tour),

albany island lunch

The fish and chips with salad was very nice, a good restaurant standard, almost unexpected in remoteness and definitely a great change from camping food :-)

fish and chips

Hamish is a nice guy who runs all the different tours including fishing,

albany island hamish

... all prices, contact, and all other details are in the Destination Guide.





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