The northern ‘tip’ of Queensland (Australia) is different; Likewise Bamaga is not at all similar to the average small town anywhere else in the country. Bamaga is the ‘capitol’ of a number of small settlements that are located at the top of Queensland, Cape York Peninsular. The aboriginal and islander races are the dominant ethnicity in this part of the country, and that influence is in part sets the area apart from the norm. E.g. the government activities on managing the aboriginal and islanders and the Mabo Decision of the late nineties and subsequent impacts on infrastructure are apparent. That said there is no reason at all for visitors not to have a very good time.
Bustout, being an ‘icon discovery’ concept set the scene for us to visit Cape York via air, stay overnight, and venture to ‘the tip’. Driving with a campervan was only a very brief consideration for us. The road corrugations are pretty challenging on a vehicle.
In 1947, the Bamaga Township was moved to its present site as a result of a need by the founding people for a larger supply of fresh water. With local industries and an airport Bamaga became the administrative centre for the Northern Peninsula Area which was made up of the three Aboriginal communities of Injinoo, Umagico and New Mapoon, and the Islander communities of Seisia and Bamaga.
Whilst at Bamaga include Sight-seeing tours to and the obligatory photo shoot at the “Tip of Australia”. The area is shrouded in history with culture and war memorabilia. An extended three to five day stay is recommended. The Loyalty Beach Camp Ground and Fishing Lodge is also highly recommended.
Bustout visited Bamaga and ‘the tip’ on an Internet Package. Bamaga is serviced by a daily traditional airline service. So to book separately for flight, accommodation and tours may produce a more cost effective visit.
A three plus day stop over is important.