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