Tip of Cape York Peninsula
The Northern Peninsula Area starts north of Jardine River, but once you get north of Lockerbie, you are really getting to "The Tip".
It is a beautiful place with blue water and white sand beaches, lush rainforests, some great fishing and camping, and both early pioneers' and WWII history.
Many people just drive to the Tip of Australia and back, but you could spend a lot longer just hanging around, fishing and camping, and enjoying the life in the northernmost Australia.
On your way up you will pass Lockerbie on the main road from Bamaga. The only things here are the old Lockerbie Homestead - established by Frank Jardine and later the home of Holland Family; and the Croc Tent - a great information centre and souvenir shop.
Lockerbie Scrub is the northernmost rainforest in mainland Australia - a great lush rainforest that grows on surprisingly poor soils and supports many species of plants, birds and animals found no-where else in Australia but instead in Papua New Guinea.
Another bit of pioneering history, Somerset is the old homestead of Frank Jardine who lived here with his family and is buried down on the beautiful Somerset Beach, where you also find their old well. North of the beach are some Aboriginal cave paintings.
Beaches Loop Road
This track starts at the Somerset Homestead and goes east to Fly Point, and then south to Vallack Point, Nanthau Beach, and west past Lake Wicheura and Lake Bronto back to the Somerset Road. It is one of the small 4WD tracks in the tip of Cape York.
The resort that was built in the 1980s and was closed in mid-1990s is now in ruins and we can only hope they do something about the mess because everyone comments on it and it's a real pity to see it in such as beautiful place just next to the northernmost point of mainland Australia.
Tip of Australia
Just north-west of Pajinka is a carpark, from which it is a 15-minute walk up across the rocky headland and then down to the real tip of Cape York - the northernmost point of mainland Australia where you can take a photo with the sign. On a sunny day the waters are bright blue.
Punsand Bay is west of the Tip, you can either drive back to Lockerbie to get there, or in dry weather and with a 4WD vehicle you can take the shortcut from Roma Flats. There are some beautiful beaches, great fishing, and great camping spots in Cable Bay, Peak Point, and in the Punsand Bay Resort.
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