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.

tip of australia sign

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:
   tip of australia walk carpark

There is first a bit of a climb,
   tip of australia walk start

Some steps are a little steep...
   tip of australia walk steep

Then there is a more even section up the top,
   tip of australia walk level

... until you get to the northern end of the plateau,
   tip of australia walk views

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

tip of australia walk end

Alternative Walk to the Tip of Australia

At the low tide, there is also an alternative walk.

tip of australia low tide

It means you are not climbing over the top of it,

tip of australia walk beach

... but rather past the hill along the beach.

tip of australia walk low tide

It is muddy around mangroves,

tip of australia walk mangroves

... and slippery where you start climbing on the rocks.

tip of australia alternative walk

The track then climbs over a hill,

tip of australia walk coastal

... and has some coastal views,

tip of australia walk to the sign

... and then descends down to the sign.

tip of australia second walk

While this walk is shorter on the rocks,

tip of australia walk to northernmost point

... it is not necessarily easier,

tip of australia coastal walk end

... as there are some steep and slippery steps as well.

tip of australia northernmost point

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

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Great walk to the tip / was there for 2 hours by ourselves / no other "tippers". Polaroided a school of queenies caught and released 10, what an experience …

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Hi Katrin, we are back at Bellenden Ker now with lots of good memories of our trip to Cape York. We're so glad we went. It took us a month to go …

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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???


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 -
there are cool rooms, solar panels, huge oil tanks, generators, you name it - they have literally walked out and left millions of dollars worth of equipment behind!!???

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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.

pajinka resort

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.

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