Tip of Australia

For a lot of people, the tip of Australia is the highlight of the trip.

Cape York is not only the name of the peninsula - it is the name of the northernmost point of mainland Australia.

It is a beautiful place on the northernmost tip of a rocky headland, about 15 minutes walk from the carpark.

There are some beautiful views over the emerald blue ocean 
and York and Eborac Islands in the background.

In the tip of it is the sign saying, "You are standing at the northernmost point of mainland Australia."

Any north from here, the only Australian territory is the Torres Strait Islands.

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    The northernmost point of Australia. Ã‚©capeyorkaustralia.com

For many people, the tip of Australia is the goal of the whole Cape York trip.

It's worth bringing a picnic and sitting down and enjoying it - it is such a pretty place you will want to spend some time here instead of just walking to the sign and back.

Back at the carpark, there is a short rainforest walk, some bush turkeys running around, and a sign of recent crocodile sightings.

The Walk to the Tip of Australia

The walk itself is quite an easy 15-20min walk over a rocky headland.

I've had some people asking about the walk so I decided to put up a few pics here:

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    Looking back to the car park after the climb. Ã‚©capeyorkaustralia.com

There is first a bit of a climb,

   tip of australia walk start
    The climb up. Ã‚©capeyorkaustralia.com

Some steps are a little steep...

   tip of australia walk steep
    A few steeper steps. Ã‚©capeyorkaustralia.com

Then there is a more even section up the top,

   tip of australia walk level
    A more even part. Ã‚©capeyorkaustralia.com

... until you get to the northern end of the plateau,

   tip of australia walk views
    Towards the northern end of the walk. Ã‚©capeyorkaustralia.com

... and then there is a descent down to the sign and the actual tip of Australia.

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    Descent to the sign at the tip of Australia. Ã‚©capeyorkaustralia.com

On your drive in and out, you also drive past what remains from Pajinka.

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So, what happened in Pajinka???

You have driven at least 1000km and finally made your trip to the Tip of Australia - the northernmost point of mainland Australia, your expectations are right up and you won't be disappointed - you drive through some of the most beautiful rainforest called Lockerbie Scrub and once you reach the coast there are excellent views over emerald blue waters..

"Oh, but what was that?", you say as you drive past some abandoned buildings in total disrepair! How is this possible - HERE???

Everyone comments on Pajinka and everyone asks the same question - what the heck happened???

   Pajinka. Ã‚©capeyorkaustralia.com

You stop your vehicle and have a look around and you get more and more astonished for every step you take. This was apparently a luxury multi zillion dollar resort, and it's not like the owner cared to clean up and sell the equipment - s/he has literally walked out and left millions of dollars worth of equipment to rot here in the bush!!???

There are cool rooms, solar panels, huge oil tanks, generators, you name it... all that could have been sold instead of leaving them behind - which owner could afford this???

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    Pajinka. Ã‚©capeyorkaustralia.com

You see the remains of a gate on the main road and work out that once upon a time you would have had to be the resort guest to drive the way to the Tip of Australia - the way you now drive for free.

On the left hand side of the gate are remains of a camping ground and a car park from which you would have had to walk to The Tip along a now-broken-down rainforest boardwalk if you weren't a guest of the resort. 

Wow. What's happening???

Things normally improve over the time - how come in a place like THIS - right on the Tip of Australia they have fallen back like this??

   pajinka resort
    Pajinka. Ã‚©capeyorkaustralia.com

Well if you're an Australian taxpayer you don't want to hear :-(
It was built on the land that was given back to indigenous people
. So the Government bought it off the owners and gave it to the local Aboriginal people. We cannot blame them for not having an European-style business mind, but it is really unfortunate because we could have had a lovely resort 500 metres from the Tip of Australia.

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