Bamaga is now
the administrative centre of the Far North Cape region and
is only 25km from the tip of Cape York. Fishing and boating
are the main recreational activities with many coastal reefs
and islands available to explore. The Jardine River National
Park is nearby, camping is permitted.
Bamaga has direct
flights to Cairns and is a good stopping point for a trip
out to Thursday Island ferries leave Sesia wharf daily,
Possession Island also lies just off the coast where Captain
Cook formally took possession of the east coast of Australia
Other places of interest include Horn Island,
Badu Island, and the ruins of Somerset a town set up in 1863
by John Jardine who intended the settlement to become a
major port city.
This area of Australia is rich in war
history with plane wrecks and other military items of
interest in the Thursday Island museum and Horn Island
museum. Pearl diving was also attempted here.
Check out our listing of
Torres Strait accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local
tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local
maps and other information.