Where to stay at the cape???

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 06, 2007 at 06:47
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Hi all, Just looking for some input on preferences to camping in the bamaga area,I want to stay for a week or two(depends on the fishing)??,I,ll have a boat,wife and little one!!Not sure out of Sesia or Loyalty??Both look and sound great!!Which dont help!!Boat acess?things to do for the family?Grass &Shade?? and most of all Fishing!!are all things to consider,or if theres somewhere else??Also is Muttee Heads worth the trip in??Any help would be appreciated!! Cheers, Craig..
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Reply By: Grungle - Wednesday, Jun 06, 2007 at 07:44

Wednesday, Jun 06, 2007 at 07:44
Hi Craig,

I can think of around 100,000 better places to camp up the Cape for 2 weeks than Seisha / Bamaga. Do you really want to camp in the one spot up there for 2 weeks? I prefer free bush camps over any caravan park any day and only go to one for washing and quick resupply if really needed. You won't find much grass up the Cape but if this is what is required then maybe Loyalty / Punsand? Seisha is a pretty good caravan park but last time I was there it was all dirt.

All reports back is that fishing has been excellent everywhere so you really can't go wrong.

Have you bought Ron Moons book on Cape York called "Cape York - An Adventurers Guide" as this is probably the best guide to nearly every area on the Cape.

There are great camps along the Jardine that have great fishing, I love Virilya Point which has a couple of rivers / creeks to the North which I will be trying this year (if we ever get away). Somerset looked to have good camping and I have heard good fishing around the island just a stones throw offshore. Mutee Point is good and has great access / fishing to the mouth of the Jardine but can be infested with sandflies / mozzies.

Otherwise there is fantastic camping all through the interior of the Cape at just about every creek / river crossing there is.

Wherever you go up the Cape, you are sure to enjoy yourself.

May end up seeing you up there (head off between June 10 - 16 when the car is fixed).

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Follow Up By: Member - craig W (NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 06, 2007 at 19:42

Wednesday, Jun 06, 2007 at 19:42
Hi there David , thanks for the info,I wont be just staying at either park as i intend to go into all the places u mentioned,its just that i have no time commitments and would like somewhere for the better half to have a few basic things!!So hopefully we can b on the road longer!!!Well keep our eyes open were leaving about 23rd??from sydney! Cya later. Cheers Craig..
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Follow Up By: Grungle - Wednesday, Jun 06, 2007 at 21:08

Wednesday, Jun 06, 2007 at 21:08
Totally understand . I hope you have a great trip.

If interested we have a trip report of our 2002 trip on our website - www.mcs.net.au/~grungle/capeyork02.html

Might be of some help (travel times and distances mainly).

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Reply By: Ford Rodeo - Wednesday, Jun 06, 2007 at 09:04

Wednesday, Jun 06, 2007 at 09:04
Craig, Have stayed at Loyalty Beach last 2 years. Plenty of shade and boat access out front. There is a fishing lodge there and I'm sure the local guide (or locals) would give you some tips about good spots. Plenty of locals in tinnies head out from wharf every day. We got to know some fellas up there from Cairns, who had tinnies, but they ended up having better luck off the wharf. I also agree with last post, dont just stay the whole time at Loyalty. Have a look around and definately get Ron Moons Guide.

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Follow Up By: Member - craig W (NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 06, 2007 at 19:44

Wednesday, Jun 06, 2007 at 19:44
Hi Phil,Thanks for your input,Ive got the guide book read it a zillion times and still not done!! Cheers Craig...
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 06, 2007 at 12:50

Wednesday, Jun 06, 2007 at 12:50
Places that have fished well for me have been Wujal Wujal, Port Stewart (particularly if you can someone to guide you to the reef, the campground people took us out in our tinnie and we had a ripper of a day), Punsand Bay, Verilya Point and Lakefield NP.

Kind regards
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Reply By: huntin - Wednesday, Jun 06, 2007 at 21:23

Wednesday, Jun 06, 2007 at 21:23

Recommend Loyalty. Open spaces with beachfront. Boat friendly, you can launch off beach. Great staff there too, we were there early last June and had place almost to ourselves. Punsand was too closed in and a bit inaccessible. Short drive from Loyalty to Seisia for shops or walk along beachfront. Try fishing the wharf at Seisia also. Can send pics if you wish.

Craig & EJ
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