turnoff from the main road, there
is now even a road sign saying
in is a resonably good
gravel road, doable in two wheel drive during the dry
Up on the
hill behind the
beach is a Second
World War radar tower, reachable by a track that turns off
road in, not far from the beach.
is beautiful and not
sticking out of the water is what is left from a Second
World War jetty, which was later useful for the community
Yes - the
WWII relics were already
when the first Saibai islanders came to settle on the
mainland in 1947.
They first settled in the
because the WWII water tanks and the jetty were
The Government erected a temporary church, store and medical
post. As more and more families arrived, old army huts were
It later showed that the
water source was not sufficient, and they went looking for
They got help from people at Injinoo, and together they found natural
freshwater sources at Red Island Point (now Seisia
Jetty) and what was then called Ichuru (now Bamaga).
While the Bamaga township
was built most families stayed in Mutee Head, and
gradually moved to Bamaga as the housing was completed there.
Track to the Mouth of Jardine
above-mentioned track to the radar tower continues west to the mouth of Jardine
The track gets gradually sandier and in the end is definitely four
- it's narrow, bumpy and at
times covered by soft boggy sands.
Once you get to the river and
behind the beach, it gets only boggier!
But the place is beautiful - the river mouth:
And the beach - on these sand bars you often see crocodiles.
eastern end of the
can see Mutee Head.
The place is on Aboriginal land - the new 2015 camping rules are in the
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