As opposed to the neighbouring Injinoo and Umagico, it is not an Aboriginal, but a Torres Strait Islander community.
Many travellers find the town boring, mainly because there is not much 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 can be good 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
Bamaga does not have much especially for travellers, so there is not much to see and do when it comes to touristic things.
But 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 also 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.
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