is a small islander community in northern Cape York.
It is the smaller one of NPA's two Saibai
islander communities - the other one is Bamaga.
It is a beautiful place,
of Jardine River,
in the Northern
There are other pretty places up
here, but with its white-sand
beaches and emerald
waters, Seisia is one of the better ones.
It is a friendly community,
which, in fact,
by now is quite
are beautiful beaches in the community, with white sands, and
surrounded by emerald blue waters, which make the place
Like all the
other beaches here, they are not for swimming,
but they make excellent photos, including those of sunsets.
there is a hub in the community, it is the wharf. There is
somebody here almost all the time - whether fishing, looking for a
crocodile to spot, strolling along
beach or the jetty, or coming in or going out on a boat.
even jump in for a swim despite the crocs.
many other places in Cape York, Seisia is an excellent place to fish.
And the wharf itself is one of the best and most popular
locals also fish from rocky headlands, and of course, from the boats.
also a few tour
that take you fishing.
next door to the wharf is a camping ground. It is a nice
beachfront camping ground with powered and unpowered sites,
some villas and a
camping sites are in so-called
"huts" with a roof and small kitchenettes. There is also an
kiosk and a restaurant.
whole NPA area, including what is Seisia today, has forever been
By them it
was called Red Island Point, which in the
late 1940s became the second, smaller settlement (after Bamaga)
of Saibai islanders.
The name SEISIA is a combination of the first letters of the first
has beautiful beaches,
on each side of the wharf, mostly white sand ones.
They are also known for some great
and the one east of
the wharf is the waterfont of the camping ground.
The wharf is in the
middle of the two beaches, and also makes great sunset pics.
some great fish
around the wharf, and every now and then you can see crocodiles
(you can just see a head and a back on the photo below).
Something that does not scare local kids away from swimming!
popular the wharf is with fishing.
and barramundi to fish, only to mention a few.
fishing is also good, and spear fishing is
popular too, and there is some big fish caught by
next to the eastern beach and the wharf, is a great camping ground.
Right at the beachfront with great views, beach huts and even
of the Seisia Camping Ground is the "Tropical Bure" - a
Papua New Guinean canoe used for cargo, supplies, and sleeping.
Seisia's history indeed comes from close to PNG, just as Bamaga's -
the Second World War, when Saibai soldiers returned home from
tip of Cape York peninsula, their already flood-suffering island had a
couple of really bad
floods. With fresh memories of mainland Australia, a move
to the mainland was discussed and decided on.
The first arrivers made a temporary
settlement at Mutee
Head, while the search went on for better places.
With help of the locals - Injinoo Aboriginal people, they found two places
with freshwater sources - Red Island Point and Ichuru (today's Bamaga).
The first settlers of
Red Island Point was the family
of Mugai Elu, who arrived in 1948 and
used WWII army huts as their home.
A few years later they invited
some other families, and over the time more people followed as
word got around. The government supplied building materials and slowly
the housing was built.
In 1972, they got a new church, St Francis of Assisi, that replaced their previous,
In the 1980s, they were
allowed to change the
name of the community from Red Island Point to Seisia,
which was a name put together by the first letters of the names of the
first settlers - Sagaukaz,
Elu, Isua, Sunai,
Ibuai and Aken.
Today, there are about
200 people living in the community, and more than 60% are
of Aboriginal or Torres Strait origin. Yumplatok, Meriam Mir, Kalaw Lagaw Ya, Kalaw Kawaw Ya and English are
some of the languages spoken at home.
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