Northern Peninsula Area
It starts in the northern end of the Old Telegraph Track and Bypass Roads, just north of Jardine River.
It is a beautiful place with gorgeous beaches, some great fishing and camping, and some interesting WWII history.
And, this is where you can catch a boat to Torres Strait Islands.
Many people just drive through the Northern Peninsula Area on their way to the Tip and back but you could spend weeks trying different camping spots, fishing and enjoying the relaxed, multicultural lifestyle.
Peninsula Area - Bamaga
After you get off Jardine River Ferry you keep driving north along the red dirt road, pass by the turnoffs to northern banks of Jardine River, Ussher Point and Mutee Head, and after that, the first community you come to north of the river is the Aboriginal community Injinoo.
After Injinoo, you drive past another Aboriginal community - Umagico. It is a small community with a supermarket and a nice beach with red sand and blue waters. There is a camping ground on the beach - all done up with new managers.
The next community is Bamaga, which is a Torres Strait Islander community, and the largest community in the Northern Peninsula Area. It has no camping (but a resort), a supermarket, a bakery and a few shops, a post office, a tourist information centre and a pub and a bottle shop.
Northern Peninsula Area - Around Seisia
The next community north is the Aboriginal community New Mapoon. It is a small community with an art centre, a grocery store, and a bait and tackle shop. It was established when the inhabitants of Mapoon were moved here when Weipa became a mining town.
North of Mapoon is the islander community Seisia. It has a supermarket, a camping ground and a few car mechanic shops. Seisia wharf is a great place to fish, and this is also where you catch the ferry to Thursday Island.
Loyalty Beach is another beautiful blue water beach a few kilometres from Seisia. It is a very nice beach to fish and stroll along, even though the only thing here is the Loyalty Beach Camping Ground. It's a great place to stay with nice camping sites, a bar and a restaurant.
Northern Peninsula Area - Tip of Cape York
To go further north you have to go back to Bamaga, where a road turns towards Lockerbie and the Tip of Cape York. Lockerbie has the ruins of an old homestead. Across the road from it is the Croc Tent - a souvenir shop and tourist information centre.
Next to Lockerbie and the Croc Tent is an intersection where you can turn right to the Tip of Australia, or left towards Punsand Bay. That road goes past Cable Beach to Punsand Bay Resort and Camping Ground - a great place to stay with a swimming pool.
Turning right at the intersection at Lockerbie takes you through the famous Lockerbie Scrub rainforest towards the tip of Cape York, past Pajinka, which used to be a resort but is now run down and closed. The views from the rocky headlands here are really beautiful.
East from Paijinka is Somerset - a historical place which used to be the home of the first white settler of the tip of Cape York - Frank Jardine. The homestead is in ruins but the beach next to it is beautiful with palm trees, views over Albany Island, graves of the Jardine family, and a camping ground.
Cape York - The Tip of Australia
And finally, furthest north, is that place that is actually called Cape York. It is the northernmost point of the mainland Australia. It is surrounded by emerald blue waters and the views are so beautiful it's worth bringing a lunch and spending some time here.
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