THE TIP (Pajinka)

Increasingly, one of the great Australian ‘must dos’ is to make the trip to the very tip of the Cape York Peninsula. Colloquially named by the locals and referenced as ‘the tip’ Not at all to be confused with that other trip we might have had in a by-gone era. Bustout had a fly in /out visit to Bamaga and The Tip.  

The Tip (Pajinka is aboriginal word) is located about 40k’s from Bamaga, but the trip is well over an hour to take. Road conditions and stop-offs determining the time. The road is pot-holed; there are a number of deep water crossings and corrugated. Very corrugated; such that you are glad you are with a guide.

If you have a guide, and we had a good one and recommend same the visitor will receive a great insight into the history, fauna and flora, plus the colourful characters that have influenced the activities of the area. The following text from Wikipedia is word for word

“The adventure of a 4WD trip to Bamaga through very rugged terrain is the main catalyst for tourist activity by road. There are many sights, towns and other points of interest during the journey. Tourist activities whilst at Bamaga include Sight-seeing tours to Thursday Island, Guided fishing and pig hunting tours; bird watching in the nearby Lockerbie Scrub rainforest; visiting World War II aircraft wrecks in the Bamaga area and also at Horn Island (near Thursday Island) and, of course, the obligatory photo shoot at the “Tip of Australia”. The area is shrouded in history with culture and war memorabilia. An extended stay usually has one adapting to the “time does not matter” days.

Somerset is 35 kilometres (22 mi) north of Bamaga and the historic ruins of the Somerset Homestead. It is a good camping area and day trip for barbecue.”

Bustout should have stayed a few days to get the most of the area and the travel investment.

Diary notes



Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities   Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans   Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area   Electricity
Scenic   Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service   Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information   Hospital
Hang Gliding   Golf Course