Sign at the Tip of Cape York

Submitted: Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 18:20
ThreadID: 137456 Views:2109 Replies:7 FollowUps:28
Hi guys, does anyone have a photo of the back of the sign at the tip of Cpae York? On a recent trip, I took photos of the front of the sign like most people, but someone said I should have taken a photo of the back of the sign. I didn’t even look at the back of the sign.

Macca.
Macca.

Lifetime Member
My Profile  My Position  Send Message

Back Reply Expand Un-Read 0 Moderator

Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 21:20

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 21:20
Hi Macca

From memory there is nothing at the back of the sign.

Did you notice the bolt near the bottom of the sign?

Some useless tool cut the sign down as a souvenir.

Just imagine getting to the tip and no sign there.....


Cheers


Stephen



Roxby Downs Special

Lifetime Member
My Profile  My Blog  My Position  Send Message

AnswerID: 622075

Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 22:19

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 22:19
Hi Stephen, thanks for the info. No I must admit I did not notice the bolt. I have just looked at my photos, and there are two bolts. Some people are just idiots.

Macca.
Macca.

Lifetime Member
My Profile  My Position  Send Message

1
FollowupID: 894724

Follow Up By: OutBack Wanderer - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 23:00

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 23:00
Since I've never been to the top and the sign says your at the top, then whats that bit of rock behind you? Not being funny, just curious, is it joined to the mainland? Is it an island? I really hope to get there someday in my wheel chair

Lifetime Member
My Profile  Send Message

2
FollowupID: 894725

Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 23:09

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 23:09
Hi Outback Wanderer

That piece of land that you see behind the sign is not part of the Australian Mainland and is an Island, called York Island. When you see some images, it looks it is park of the Mainland.

Cheers


Stephen

Roxby Downs Special

Lifetime Member
My Profile  My Blog  My Position  Send Message

2
FollowupID: 894726

Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 23:13

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 23:13
.
Yep, agree Stephen.
The sign says "Continent". Maybe it should say "Mainland"?
Cheers
Allan

Member
My Profile  My Blog  Send Message

3
FollowupID: 894727

Follow Up By: Member - Outback Gazz - Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 19:12

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 19:12
Nice dogs Stephen !!


Cheers

Gazz
1
FollowupID: 894763

Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 23:08

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 23:08
Hi Gazz

The cost to have our 2 boys in kennels for the 7 weeks was going to cost just shy of $2000, so it was money that we were not prepared to pay.

They were perfect travellers as they always are and did not stop us from seeing of the main attractions, with the exception of TI, as there is no dog minding services at the top.

Most times we never know they were in the car....with one funny exception.

The dogs are always secured to the seat belt holder for more of a safety factor and can not get into the front of the car or get out unless they are unclipped.

Just out of St George the main road was blocked for vehicle inspections and RBT.

I slowed right down and came to a stop and put my drivers window down. I chatted with the young officer and when I had to blow into their devise, you should have seen the look on the poor cops face when both dogs went off, thinking something was going to happen to their owner.....lol

I blew a 0 which was to be expected and the officer knew after that they were both secured in the car.

Rusty is the Kelpie and Oscar is the young Red Heeler.



Cheers



Stephen
Roxby Downs Special

Lifetime Member
My Profile  My Blog  My Position  Send Message

2
FollowupID: 894772

Reply By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 22:46

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 22:46
.
Hi Macca,

I have been at the sign a couple of times. The first a few years ago when the it was very windy and we needed to hang onto the sign to avoid being blown into the sea. A photo was taken only from the front (land side). Didn't look at the back!!!

The second time was in April of this year when we were in a landing craft approaching from the sea side. This time it was blowing a gale due to the approach of two cyclones. We were not able to make a landing but cruised back and forth past the point and the sign. Conditions were so poor that I did not bother to take photos but I was able to see the back of the sign and quite sure it was blank. Roz confirms this.

So we don't have a lot of luck with 'The Tip'.

Maybe your "someone" was pulling your leg a bit.

Cheers
Allan

Member
My Profile  My Blog  Send Message

AnswerID: 622076

Reply By: Nick T10 - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 23:40

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 23:40
Macca,
I took this photo last year. It was taken to get a photo of people taking photos of the sign. I haven't posted before so I hope the photo will be attached.

Nick
AnswerID: 622077

Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 23:45

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 23:45
.
Ah, I was sure someone would have a photo from the sea-side. And there was something printed on it. Couldn't see that from the landing-craft in the conditions.
You get the cigar Nick. lol
Cheers
Allan

Member
My Profile  My Blog  Send Message

3
FollowupID: 894729

Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 06:23

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 06:23
Thanks Nick T10,

Appreciate you posting the photo.

Macca.
Macca.

Lifetime Member
My Profile  My Position  Send Message

0
FollowupID: 894731

Follow Up By: OutBack Wanderer - Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 23:35

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 23:35
I can see I'm going to have a few problems with my chair, i might just have to fly over it instead

Lifetime Member
My Profile  Send Message

3
FollowupID: 894775

Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 09:29

Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 09:29
.
Yes OW, the path from the carpark to the tip is rocky and a bit of a clamber.
A couple of robust companions may achieve it though.
Cheers
Allan

Member
My Profile  My Blog  Send Message

0
FollowupID: 894787

Follow Up By: Phillipn - Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 at 07:38

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 at 07:38


Photos of the Cape August 2010
2
FollowupID: 894858

Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 06:32

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 06:32
Thank you for your responses. There are actually two islands just off the tip, the island on the left in the photo below is York Island which is the larger one, & the one on the right is Eborac Island. Yes, I agree the sign should say Australian Mainland.

Macca.

Lifetime Member
My Profile  My Position  Send Message

AnswerID: 622079

Follow Up By: Member - Harry C - Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 11:26

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 11:26
Yes Eborac Island has a navigation light on it used to service it in an earlier life.
The windscreen is a travelling picture show

Lifetime Member
My Profile  Send Message

1
FollowupID: 894747

Follow Up By: Gbc.. - Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 08:06

Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 08:06
I did concrete repairs on it and built the helipad. Small world!
1
FollowupID: 894782

Follow Up By: Member - Harry C - Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 09:14

Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 09:14
AB/Bosun Lighthouse tender Cape Moreton 11years
The windscreen is a travelling picture show

Lifetime Member
My Profile  Send Message

1
FollowupID: 894786

Follow Up By: Gbc.. - Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 10:01

Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 10:01
I was AMSA, after you. We did that job off the Grafton. The larc’s Jake brake failed down that steep bloody track and old Lindsay had a bit of a swim as it nosedived about 12 foot under. Fun times until we were all made redundant.
0
FollowupID: 894788

Follow Up By: Member - Harry C - Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 18:22

Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 18:22
Are you talking about Lindsay Gillies he is not so well these days. We have a get together in Brisbane every July with a ever diminishing number of the old crew I was with, Still good to catch up.
The windscreen is a travelling picture show

Lifetime Member
My Profile  Send Message

0
FollowupID: 894805

Follow Up By: Gbc.. - Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 18:55

Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 18:55
No, but Lindsay G would probably have been the old man on that swing. I know him from Connondale as well. Yes, not too good. The other Lindsay (IR from mooroochydore I think?) would have driving the larc that day. We knew nothing about it until they returned from the ship - thankfully. Wouldn’t have wanted a heap of blokes on board for that sleigh ride. That would have been the steepest track I’ve seen a larc on I think.
0
FollowupID: 894806

Reply By: Genny - Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 07:52

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 07:52
Continent seems appropriate to me.

continent1
/'k?nt?n?nt/
noun
noun: continent; plural noun: continents

any of the world's main continuous expanses of land (Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, Australia, Antarctica).
synonyms: mainland
"the continent of Europe"
antonyms: island
the mainland of Europe as distinct from the British Isles.
singular proper noun: Continent; noun: the Continent
"clubs sprang up in Britain and on the Continent"
archaic
a mainland contrasted with islands.
AnswerID: 622080

Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 10:09

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 10:09
.
Well yes Genny, the terms are technically interchangeable.
However, 'continent' is generally used when referring to a land mass in relation to other land masses ("the world's continents") whereas 'mainland' is usually employed when referring to the local area e.g. "return to the mainland".

Tasmanian residents don't say that they are "going over to the continent". lol
Cheers
Allan

Member
My Profile  My Blog  Send Message

3
FollowupID: 894739

Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 11:05

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 11:05
They should Allan...

and they should be bloody grateful we let them in too!




Very much tongue in cheek - Tassie is one of our favourite places (after Rotto - again LOL).

Cheers

Anthony
VKS 3539
Work - a 40 hour interuption to my weekend!
Too many places - too little time

Member
My Profile  My Position  Send Message

1
FollowupID: 894743

Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 11:10

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 11:10
.
Very droll Anthony, but I'm not going there!!!!
Cheers
Allan

Member
My Profile  My Blog  Send Message

0
FollowupID: 894744

Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 11:24

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 11:24
Have to agree with Allan B, with regard to the technicalities of the wording, however Cape Byron is referred to as the most easterly point of the Australian Mainland, not the most easterly point of the Australian Continent.Fraser Island is more east than Cape Byron. Thursday Island is more north than Cape York. Wilsons Promentary is also referred to as the most southerly point of the Australian Mainland, Tasmania is further south, and to the best of my knowledge is still on the Australian Continental Shelf.

Macca.
Macca.

Lifetime Member
My Profile  My Position  Send Message

4
FollowupID: 894746

Follow Up By: OBJ - Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 16:52

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 16:52
Allan .. does that mean when we are in Australia we are "incontinent" ????

Sorry, but it was sitting there staring me in the face and I could not leave it be ... I'll get out of your way now.
:)

OBJ
4
FollowupID: 894756

Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 17:18

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 17:18
.
Oh gawd !!!!

Cheers
Allan

Member
My Profile  My Blog  Send Message

1
FollowupID: 894757

Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 06:57

Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 06:57
PMSL OBJ

Macca.
Macca.

Lifetime Member
My Profile  My Position  Send Message

0
FollowupID: 894780

Reply By: GG7777 - Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 18:58

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 18:58
Went to Cape York in 2006, the sign then there, before the lowlife acquired it, had an inscription of longitude and latitude. According to our best abilities at the time we believe these were wrong
Murray
AnswerID: 622094

Follow Up By: rumpig - Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 22:41

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 at 22:41
Where was this inscription Murray, front or back?...i just looked at an old pic of ours at the sign from 2006, not seeing it on the front unless it was small writing somewhere?
1
FollowupID: 894768

Follow Up By: GG7777 - Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 at 20:52

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 at 20:52
Sign on front was from memory almost as is, but on the back was the latt/long.
Also from memory we searched on GPS and Hema maps and this information had you out in the ocean.
Please accept that I am working from a very old, bad, and usually incorrect memory
Murray
0
FollowupID: 894849

Follow Up By: GG7777 - Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 at 20:54

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 at 20:54
Sorry just looked again at your photo and that is the sign we saw, but I do remember info on rear
Murray
0
FollowupID: 894850

Follow Up By: rumpig - Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 at 21:37

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 at 21:37
No worries Murray, just curious was all...I may well of read those being there, but 12 years ago is a long time back to recall...lol
0
FollowupID: 894853

Reply By: Alloy c/t - Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 09:51

Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 09:51
An old but actually false 'legend' is that the Great White Shark , Greg Norman the golfer hit a golf ball from next to the sign and it made it to the Island .....every picture you will ever see is deceiving in the distance from the Tip to the Island , the distance is quite substantial , strong current and forever wind blown ...
AnswerID: 622106

Popular Content

Popular Products (14)