The Best of Cape York Part 2

Friday, Apr 10, 2015 at 15:37

Member - Michael John T (VIC)

Vrilya Point
Several fellow travellers mentioned to us what a lovely place Vrilya Point was so on this advice we headed out for a few days, they weren’t wrong – it is an absolute lovely place and if not too crowded very tranquil. A truly memorable place for us.
The Cape York permit purchased at the Ferry Crossing on the Jardine covers you for camping at Vrilya, even though it is South of the Jardine. It is about a one hour drive, just on 29 km from the Development Road on a reasonably good road which becomes a bush track after crossing Crystal Brook on an old and ‘dodgy’ logbridge. There will be no problems so long as you take care and line up your approach and exit before attempting it.
On approaching the beach take the left hand track if you wish to drive along to Red Point or beyond, or (as we did) the right hand track down to the beach. Here you have another choice, either stay in this area and camp under the she- oaks (if available it is a great spot) or continue for another 10 km north along the beach (best at low tide) to the mouth of a wide creek and camp under she -oaks there. The later would be the best fishing spot. We took the first option and set up camp near where the track enters the beach and it turned out to be an excellent choice. On one of the days we did travel up the beach past the remains of the now dilapidated light ship and onto the mouth of the creek, you can go no further in this direction.
Vrilya is a beautiful spot to just relax and enjoy the scenery and, if interested, the many birds that gather here in the shallow waters beneath the stunning red cliffs.

UpdateApril 31st 2016
A couple of weeks ago I read on the forum that access to Vrilya Point had been closed and the reason given was that 'dodgy bridge' I mentioned above. What a shame that travellers will be denied the opportunity to experience this special part of The Cape. Hopefully the local community along with the mining company holding the leases over the area will work to reopen access. Should I hold my breath? !!!
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