Peninsula Area is the area north of Jardine River.
It is a
different area from the
rest of the Cape York peninsula (and in fact the whole mainland
of the strong influence
of Torres Strait
All the townships are either Torres Strait Islander or Aboriginal
and I like
that interesting mixture.
There is also some excellent
four wheel drive tracks,
and Second World War history.
of Jardine River
After you get off Jardine
River Ferry you enter the Northern Peninsula Area, and keep
driving north along the
red dirt road, passing by the turnoffs to the northern banks of Jardine
Ussher and Sadd are both remote and far away, but the river spots
are a short distance away.
Head and Around
Further north, you have the left-hand turnoff to Mutee
once the first camp of Saibai islanders.
beach and the
headland is a small four wheel drive track up the hill to some Second
World War relics, and later the mouth of Jardine
the first community you come to is the Aboriginal community of Injinoo
- the oldest of all in the Northern Peninsula area.
right past the community, but if you turn in there is a church, a nice
beach, a boat ramp and a beachfront park.
Injinoo, the road is sealed and you drive past another Aboriginal
community - Umagico.
It is a
small community with a nice beach with red sand
and blue waters. After Umagico the road continues to the largest
community in the area - Bamaga.
Bamaga - the largest community in the Northern Peninsula Area, but one
of the newest, is a Torres Strait islander
is some indigenous
history including some monuments; and there are also some Second World
War airplane wrecks.
The next community north is the Aboriginal community New Mapoon. It was
established when the
inhabitants of Mapoon
were moved here when Weipa
became a mining town. It is
a small community off the main road,so many travellers hardly ever
of New Mapoon the road continues towards Seisia.
But before you get
on your right hand side you have the turnoff to Loyalty Beach.
It is a very nice beach to
fish and stroll
along, even though the only thing here is the Loyalty Beach Camping
North of the turnoff to Loyalty Beach the is the Torres
There is not much except a
church,a nice beach,and Seisia wharf. With a boat,
you could always go to Roko,
Possession and Crab
(or the Escape
but be warned it's very easy to get lost there).
of Cape York
Whether you drove up via Loyalty Beach or Bamaga, you first come to Lockerbie -
not a community - just ruins of a historical
by Frank Jardine
and later the home of Holland Family); and the famous Croc Tent - info
and souvenir shop.
Going north after Lockerbie, there is a Y section with
the road to Punsand Bay to the left, and the road to Somerset and
the Tip of Australia to the right.
The latter goes through some
beautiful rainforest called Lockerbie Scrub - the northernmost
rainforest of Australia.
If you turn onto the road to Somerset and the Tip of Australia, there will be another Y
section where you can turn left to the Tip of
Australia, or right to Somerset.
The right-hand road goes to
the ruins of the homestead and beach, from which you can see Albany
Behind the ruins of Somerset is a small four wheel drive
track east to Fly Point.
But you can also turn south, and continue along the
beaches to Vallack Point, Nanthau Beach, and
then turn west and drive past Lake Wicheura and Lake Bronto back to the
Back at the intersection where you turned onto Somerset, the left hand road went to
the Tip of Australia.
That road goes through open
woodland with termite mounds,
and before you get to the Tip you drive past Pajinka - ruins of an
abandoned complex that used to be a luxury resort until the mid-1990s.
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