Cape York - Seisia to the Tip

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesSeisia
FinishSeisia
DifficultyDifficulty 2/5
Suitable for4WD 
Distance128.48 km
Minimum Days1
Average Speed27.18 km/hr
Driving Time4 hrs 43 mins
Page Updated: 14 Jun 2015

Description

The experience of standing at the most northern tip of Australia at Cape York ranks in various bucket lists as one of the “top things to do in Australia before you die”. This trek note provides the way and is designed as a day trip from Seisia including a visit to Punsand Bay, Cable Bay, and out to Somerset and Fly Point including the return journey. In all, almost 5 hours of driving time.

To reach the tip, you'll firstly head out to Bamaga then north up the main track passing the Croc Tent at Lockerbie Junction. If you stick to our route you'll be coming past this junction again so you have the choice of stopping now or later, or both (there's plenty to see).

The road that leads to the tip of Cape York ends before reaching it so you'll need to get out and walk the last few hundred metres. The walk is very exposed and whilst it is well trodden, it is a natural path along dirt and later a rocky headland (no climbing involved). The walk is suitable for most people but sturdy footwear, sunscreen, and a hat is recommended but whatever you do, don't forget the camera and perhaps a tripod! Do not be tempted to swim here. You might however, like to walk back to the carpark via Frangipani Beach that lies to the west of the rocks.

The rest of our trek note route will allow you to visit the best of the tip in a day trip, so leaving the car park you'll head west out to Punsand Bay and then onto Cable Bay. Our trek will then guide you out to the Lockerbie Junction and Croc Tent, where you should stop if you haven't already. Here you can choose to head south back down the main track to Bamaga and Seisia or continue with our day tour and head up to Somerset and the beautiful Fly Point. You'll only backtrack 6.2km of track you've already done between the Croc Tent and Somerset Junction but the visit out to the east coast of Cape York is very special. Be sure to ask the locals (at the Croc Tent) for a mud map and information about the 5 beaches run too. This side trip is not detailed in our trek note as things can vary so much we think its best you get local info but essentially you drive along the beaches, crossing the headlands between each one, drive through a tree tunnel, and cross a dune or two, and head inland past a few lakes. If you do this you might like to plan a night camping on Somerset Beach at the Aboriginal-owned camping ground, although many people manage to fit all this into a one-day trip from Seisia, so its up to you. If you do camp, be aware that there are toilets but no other facilities and fees are payable at a self-registration shelter.

If you stick with our trek note, you'll leave Somerset and head back to Bamaga and Seisia the same way you came having completed a full day. After completing this adventure you might like a quieter day in Seisia for some fishing or you could pick up another one of connecting trek notes and head out to the old Bamaga airport area where you can see WW11 plane wreckage (link to come end Nov'13).

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Environment

Cape York is the name of the most northern point of the Australian continent and is often referred to as "The Tip". In fact, the whole peninsula of land that lies above the 16°S latitude is called Cape York Peninsula - this narrow peninsula is bound by the Coral sea to the east the Arafura sea and Gulf of Carpentaria to the west and the Torres Strait to the north. Locals however, refer to Cape York "proper" as the area north of the Jardine river.

Preparation

This Trek Note is provided as an add-on to either the PDR Trek Note, or the Telegraph Track Trek Note. Please refer to these for detailed information on what preparation is required to reach the tip of Cape York.

Permits

Permits are required to access all areas of Aboriginal land. The permit is provided when you pay your ferry fee to cross the Jardine River.

Camping permits are required in all National Parks and Reserves on the Cape York Peninsula and these must now be purchased in advance before arriving at your campsite. Self-registration for camp sites is no longer possible. To obtain an e-permit book online at www.qld.gov.au/camping, or phone 13 74 68.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel Symbol
DieselULPLPG
4cyl 18 litres4cyl 21 litres4cyl 26 litres
6cyl 20 litres6cyl 23 litres6cyl 23 litres
8cyl 20 litres8cyl 21 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Closest Climatic Station

Horn Island
Distance from Trek Mid Point 30.48km N
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C30.930.530.430.429.929.328.829.030.131.031.931.8
Mean Min. °C25.125.025.025.224.723.923.122.923.824.825.725.7
Mean Rain mm387.5467.0358.2228.071.315.88.35.56.316.949.1191.5
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

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Directions

LocationsDistanceDirection Time
Seisia to Bamaga6.38 kmS158° 43 min
Bamaga to The Croc Tent16.57 kmNE34° 18 min
The Croc Tent to Somerset Junction6.88 kmNE63° 12 min
Somerset Junction to Punsand Bay Junction2.73 kmN18° 6 min
Punsand Bay Junction to Carpark at the Tip8.46 kmN19° 17 min
Carpark at the Tip to Punsand Bay Junction8.46 kmS199° 17 min
Punsand Bay Junction to Punsand Bay Camping Resort6.97 kmW290° 27 min
Punsand Bay Camping Resort to Cable Bay Camp1.66 kmW282° 2 min
Cable Bay Camp to The Croc Tent8.65 kmS173° 38 min
The Croc Tent to Somerset Junction6.88 kmNE63° 12 min
Somerset Junction to Somerset10.52 kmE77° 20 min
Somerset to Fly Point1.98 kmSE122° 8 min
Fly Point to Somerset1.98 kmNW302° 8 min
Somerset to Somerset Junction10.52 kmW257° 20 min
Somerset Junction to The Croc Tent6.88 kmSW243° 12 min
The Croc Tent to Bamaga16.57 kmSW214° 18 min
Bamaga to Seisia6.38 kmN338° 43 min
Seisia to Seisia128.48 km  4 hr 43 min
Distance is GPS recorded driving distance (not straight line), Direction is straight line from start to end, Time is calculated from actual GPS driving data.

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