New Mapoon and Loyalty Beach


New Mapoon is an Aboriginal community in the NPA.

Just south of Loyalty Beach, it is about half way between the Islander communities Bamaga and Seisia.


It is where the people of Old Mapoon, north of Weipa, were moved when bauxite was discovered and the mining activity started in and around Weipa.

new mapoon new mapoon turnoff

Many people have now also moved back to Old Mapoon.
  
new mapoon arts and craft

There is a historical centre, and the NPA Art Centre, where you can buy beautiful local indigenous art.

new mapoon rotonda npa art centre

And there is the ice and tackle shop that sells fishing and camping gear,

new mapoon ice and tackle new mapoon tackle shop

... and a general store and a takeaway, which is our GFC, and they also do fish and chips, burgers, kebab and pizza.

new mapoon general store new mapoon takeaway
new mapoon kai kai new mapoon pizza

Loyalty Beach and the Area



North of New Mapoon, on the road to Seisia, is the turnoff to Loyalty Beach.

loyalty beach turnoff loyalty beach campground sign

It is mostly known for its camping ground and beachfront restaurant, but there is more than that in the area.

loyalty beach sign

The beach itself is beautiful, and to the south you can see all the way to Seisia and Red Island.

loyalty beach loyalty beach cape york

A dirt road goes to the Loyalty Beach Camping Ground,

loyalty beach camp ground

... which has camping sites, safari huts,
 
loyalty beach camping ground loyalty beach fishing lodge
loyalty beach hut loyalty beach front restaurant

... and a fishing lodge with a beachfront restaurant.

loyalty beach breakfast lunch loyalty beach fishing lodge sign
loyalty beach steak loyalty beach dinner
loyalty beach dining loyalty beach fish

Beach South to Seisia

By the beach, Seisia is so close to Loyalty,

new mapoon to seisia beach

... it's an easy stroll south of the campground and much closer than via the road.

new mapoon to seisia beach walk new mapoon to seisia beach stroll

On the road into Loyalty Beach,

new mapoon to seisia beach track new mapoon to seisia beach drive

... there are also a few tracks to the beach between Loyalty and Seisia.

Beach North to Paterson Creek

Just north of the Loyalty Beach camping ground, the beach continues until Paterson Creek mouth.
   loyalty beach queensland

The beaches here, by the way, have a lot more mud flats at low tide than Seisia.

new mapoon beaches low tide loyalty beach low tide

It's a beautiful walk,

loyalty beach to paterson walk

... and a fun drive :-)

loyalty beach to paterson drive

New Mapoon and Loyalty Beach Back Tracks

Although there are also little tracks to the actual New Mapoon community, they are not so much for travellers but more for locals.

new mapoon back track new mapoon back tracks

The community might well be worth a turn-in and a look-around.

new mapoon community new mapoon community grave

But at the Loyalty Beach turnoff, there is a road that takes you to Paterson Creek mouth, if you don't want to go by the beach.

loyalty beach turnoff alternative route loyalty beach turnoff alternative route sign

It later turns into smaller tracks as it goes past the ruins of old Paterson Telegraph Station,

paterson telegraph station paterson telegraph station ruins

... and via some sandy tracks it comes to the beach,

loyalty beach track paterson hill

... and the mouth of Paterson Creek.

paterson creek loyalty beach area paterson creek mouth

The Alternative Track to Pajinka Road

Back on the road from Loyalty Beach,

loyalty beach to pajinka road paterson turnoff loyalty beach to pajinka road shortcut track

... if you continue north you come past some private land such as Utingu,

loyalty beach to the tip shortcut

... you cross the Cody Creek (which is a tributary of the Paterson Creek),

loyalty beach area cody creek

... and you finally come out to the Pajinka Road at the Lockerbie sign,

pajinka road turnoff lockerbie sign

... about a few kilometres south of the Croc Tent.





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