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Bamaga - Cities, Towns and Localities

‘Australia’s most northerly town’

Bamaga, a community of stilt houses and banana palms was founded by Saibai islanders in 1947. The islanders were relocated to Bamaga due to a shortage of freshwater and fears of flooding on Saibai Island. Their leader at the time was known as Chief Bamaga.

Bamaga Island Council is a Community Council under the Community Services (Torres Strait) Act 1984. Council acts as the Trustee on behalf of the Torres Strait Islander population, over a Deed of Grant in Trust (DOGIT) area of land comprising approximately 6660 hectares. Since 1985 some residents have formed another community called the Seisia Island Council.

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 in 1770.

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 Bamaga accommodation and 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.

Information Centre Bamaga Island Council
Adidi Street
Ph: 07 4069 3121
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Bamaga Attractions

Jardine River National Park|
Wilderness park and reserve containing the catchment of Queensland’s largest perennial stream, the Jardine. Rainforest, open forest, heath and shrubland. ‘Wet desert’. Visit only in the dry season. 4WD recommended. Be careful - rough conditions. The Ferry Crossing is the only way across the Jardine River.

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Cape York Rod & Rifle Safaris
• BAMAGA / CAPE YORK PENINSULA QLD 4876 • Ph: 07 4069 3467 • Fax: 07 4069 3467 • Email
Cape York fishing is among the best in the world. Our company has been operating personal sport fishing and hunting safaris on wild, remote Cape York Peninsula for the past 11 years. You’ll catch everything from Barramundi to Bluefin Tuna whether you’re fly fishing, trolling or bait casting.

We are based in Bamaga, Cape York, 30 kms from the northernmost tip of Australia, and less than 10 km to either Seisia or Jacky-Jacky boat ramp and just 100 km from the renowned Skardon River. We not only fish all the rivers, swamps and lagoons that drain into these systems, but also the islands that surround Cape York itself and Torres Strait. We also fish the coral bommies and vast reefs that are part of the Great Barrier Reef off the Cape York coast.

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