- not a lot. There used
to be some nice camping, but the mines have closed it off.
A lot of the rest of
the land is Aboriginal, so again permits
are needed and
restrictions apply. An exception to that is Merluna
Station, where you can stay.
Right south of Weipa - so close it's also called Weipa South - is the
Aboriginal community of Napranum.
sealed road, just leave your grog in town. There is a nice
beach, a supermarket, a war monument and the so called Scarred Trees.
A lot further south of Weipa is another Aboriginal community, Aurukun.
The road is
not sealed, and the access is not easy - considering the
strict permits you need, and on top of that there is nothing for
travellers. Basically, it's not worth your time, if you are just a Cape
Heads and Amban
used to be a reason to go, at least a good bit into the road to
That was when
the coastal camping spots were still open north
They were Pera Head, False Pera Head and Amban, but no
mining lasts forever, so one day we can hope to get them back.
And the third type of land south of Weipa is private - as you can see
from the signs of Merluna
station covers a large area (as they all do up this way),
they do have a camping ground about 50km from the Peninsula
Developmental Road south of Weipa, where you can stay.
is an Aboriginal community just south of Weipa.
It is easy to reach and
the road is
sealed. There is not a lot for travellers,
but it is a nice beach community and
visitors are welcome to check it out.
are here on a sunny
day, the beach is
There is also a boat ramp,
always a place to try fishing.
There is a War Memorial,
... and there is the Ruckhook
An interesting thing here is the historical scarred trees - with
holes made to collect honey of native bees.
They have been moved here from Weipa,
from an area that now is mined, and will be moved back one day when the
mining is over.
There is now (2014) even a new
supermarket in Napranum, so you can enjoy a picnic lunch
on the beach.
is an Aboriginal community on the west coast.
It is one of the remotest of all Cape
York communities, hundreds of kilometres from the closest
town, Weipa. It is
also the strictest
community with permissions, and despite that you'll see
nothing much for travellers in this community.
this 50 pages
guide totally for FREE.
contains information that helps you getting started with planning of your trip.
You get to make early-stages desicions such as when to go, how long time you
should take, how to get
there and get
to stay (general info), what
will it cost..
and a short insight to what is there to see and do in Cape York.
This complete 300 pages
travel guide is all you need before and during your trip. Besides the
background chapters on the peninsula's history and wildlife; and the comprehensive detail about all
the places (down to prices, opening hours and full contact
detail), it has invaluable information on at least 10 four wheel drive tracks,
at least 30 guaranteed FREE
camping spots on the Cape (and at least 150 on your way to
the Cape), at least 40 best
swimming holes, all mapped; as well as practical things -
from fuel, roads, wireless internet and mobile phone reception,
how to deal with the national
parks booking rules; and Aboriginal land entrance and camping permits
and alcohol restrictions - to vehicle preparation and accessories and necessary recovery
gear by my vehicle-recovery-guy partner).
Not to mention locals'
tips on how to spot that croc and palm cockatoo ;-)
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