Bamaga is the largest township north of Jardine River.
As opposed to the neighbouring Injinoo and Umagico, it is not an Aboriginal, but a Torres Strait Islander community.
Like all the communities up here - there is not much especially for travellers.
But I don't think there has to be.
Just stopping and spending some time in the mainland Australia's largest Islander community is interesting enough.
Town entrance from north. ©cape-york-australia.com
Most travellers stop here for practical reasons.
Being the largest town in the area, it has the most facilities, including a medical centre, a police station, a post office, a supermarket, a tourist information centre and the area's only pub and bottle shop.
Main street. ©cape-york-australia.com
to See and Do
While there are no touristic things, there are three
Second World War airplane
wrecks on the way to Jackey Jackey Airport.
The whole area was a military zone during the last world war, and there are a few interesting relics around.
Second World War airplane wreck. ©cape-york-australia.com
There are not many resorts north of Jardine River - the only other one is in Punsand Bay. Resort Bamaga is a four star one, and while it is not overly luxury, it is one of the best places to stay in Northern Peninsula Area.
The more common form of accommodation up here is camping. While there are no camping grounds exactly in the town, there are camping grounds in the neighbouring communities Umagico, Seisia, Punsand Bay and Loyalty Beach.
Most tours depart from Seisia, and most are boat tours - some are fishing trips, others are trips to Torres Strait Islands, such as Horn, Thursday, Possession and Friday Islands, including the Friday Island Pearl Farm.
Bamaga accommodation pretty much consists of one place.
The only place in town is Resort Bamaga.
It's quite a nice place to stay and if you have been camping in the bush the whole way up, it is a great change to stay in an air conditioned room, eat and drink in a bar and a restaurant, and have a swim in the pool outside.
But at $100+ a night it is not exactly a cheap place.
There are camping grounds around Bamaga - in Umagico, Loyalty Beach and Seisia.
And further north is another resort with a pool in Punsand Bay (the camping grounds up here have no pools).
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Bamaga camps are all outside the town.
Bamaga is the largest community in the Northern Peninsula Area, and in the town itself there is no camping.
But there are a few places outisde the town that are not too far.
They are all very nice places next to the ocean with good views and nice camping spots.
Bamaga Camps - Umagico
The closest one to Bamaga is the camping ground on the beach in the Aboriginal community of Umagico. It has been here for a while but in 2011 got new managers that have made the camping grounds even nicer. There is also a Lodge that they manage.
Bamaga Camps - Loyalty Beach
The second closest one is the camping ground at Loyalty Beach, which is reached by turning off the main road after New Mapoon. It is a nice camping ground with red soils and blue waters, and there is also a Fishing Lodge and a beach restaurant.
The next community after Loyalty Beach turnoff is Seisia, and there is a nice camping ground on the beach. What's great here are the so-called 'Beach Huts' - which really just have roofs and a kitchen sink inside, but they do make powered camping sites so much nicer.
Punsand Bay is a bit farther away, near the Tip of Australia. It is a resort with a licensed bar and a restaurant, and there are expensive rooms as well as cheap camping spots. This is the only place where you can camp and have a swimming pool! The other place with a pool - the Bamaga Resort - has no camping.
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