Tip of Australia


The tip of Australia is a very special place.

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


There are some beautiful views over the often emerald blue ocean, and Yorke and Eborac Islands.


The indigenous name of the place is Pajinka.

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The famous sign at the tip of the headland,

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

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

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You could bring a picnic and drinks and enjoy the place for a while,


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... or you could bring your fishing gear - with the meeting of the currents from the Coral Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria, it's a great place for fishing.

The Walks to the Tip of Australia

There are two walks to the Tip of Australia - the Top Walk and the Bottom Walk - both clearly visible from the helicopter.

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The Top Walk to the Tip of Australia

The Top Walk is the more common one, as it goes straight from the carpark and is not tide-dependant.

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First, there is a bit of a climb,

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Some steps are a little steep...

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Then there is a more level section up the top,

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... with beautiful views,

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... until you get to the northern end,
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... there is a distance marker,

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... and then there is a descent down ...


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... to the sign and the northenmost point of Australia.

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The Bottom Walk to the Tip of Australia

From the top, you can see down to the Frangipani beach.

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At the low tide, you can do the Bottom Walk.

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

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...
but rather past the biggest hill, on the sea bottom at the low tide.

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It is muddy around mangroves, and slippery where you start the track, getting off the beach.

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The track first climbs up a small hill,

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... with some nice views,

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Then descends to the sign.

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While this walk's rocky section is shorter, 

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... it is not necessarily easier,

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

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Frangipani Beach

Back on the Frangipani beach, where the bottom walk started, you can also walk to the other side, to the creek mouth.  

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It has also, over the years, been our favourite place to get out for a Sunday beach drive :-)

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The Tip Sunset

There are also beautiful sunrises and sunsets,

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... on both sides over the water.

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On your drive in and out of the Tip, you also drive past what remains of the Pajinka Resort.



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Pajinka Resort

Once upon a time, until the 1990s, it used to be a luxury resort and many people have told me how much they loved to stay here.

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You can still see the resort entrance, the restaurant, kitchen, cool rooms, solar panels, huge oil tanks, generators, and the accommodation.

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You can see the remains of the gate on the main road up, and on the left hand side of the gate, you can see the remains of a camping ground and a car park from which you could walk to the Tip along an old rainforest boardwalk.

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Part of the resort was also the bird watch tower to watch the local birds on top of the rainforest canopy.

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By now it is fragile and not safe, just like the rainforest walkway.


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Evans Bay

Just south of Pajinka is Evans Bay.

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A beautiful beach with an amazing northern,

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... and southern headland.

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