The Best of Cape York

Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 at 05:49

Member - Michael John T (VIC)

A few nights ago I read on the forum a discussion on the question about which was the better place to visit, Vrilya Point or Captain Billy Landing. This has been my cue to contribute to this discussion through a pictorial visit to both sites.
In July and August 2013 we spent about six weeks on the Cape and visited many of its major attractions including the two in question. Both are great places to visit and well worth the reasonably short diversion to reach them. Both however provide totally different experiences.
Captain Billy Landing.
Originally the area was used as a loading facility for Cape cattle, it also has an intriguing history about it’s name that is worth following up. Probably the distinguishing feature is however, the wind factor, if you visit expect to experience wind and then you will enjoy it’s real beauty. We stayed three nights, walked the beach, explored the rock plateau at low tide, viewed the bat caves and located many wild flowers. We had one night, our last, of gale force wind where we had to 'tighten down the hatches' so to speak and whilst others departed at 2 am, we survived to enjoy a pleasant 30 km drive out to the Development road the next day. Earlier that day the Ranger arrived to check our permits and then put on an interesting display of kite flying on the beach. (not a bad way to earn a living). Each evening just before dusk we experienced a real treat as scores of the Lesser Frigate Birds soared past our camp - just a little bit of magic.
So part one is a photo record of our stay.

Captain Billy Landing definitely worth a visit, it is easily achieved as a day trip as well. Part 2 will preview Vrilya Point.
We retired to travell
It's time to go again...
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