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Cape York: What’s The Deal?

by Rose Foster

You may have heard discussions over the past few weeks about parts of the Cape York Peninsula closing to tourists… The traditional Indigenous owners of the land decided to close much of the northern parts of the Cape to tourists. But after urgent discussions, there was a quick turnaround.

Just after “The Tip” closed, Michael Solomon, chairman of the Gudang/ Yadhaykenu Aboriginal Corporation, said tourists have disrespected the land by littering, bringing unregistered guns to the area, writing graffiti on cliffs, and even defecating in nearby scrub. The locals are tired of constantly cleaning up the mess left behind by tourists, leading them to make the difficult decision to close some parts of the Cape to tourists.

But, there has now been a deal brokered that will allow tourists to once again reach the most northern part of Australia. But there is a price…

From March 31st, the Tip will be open to the public but you’ll need to pay $10 per person at the Jardine River Crossing.

Where you’ll have to pay to go

  • Captain Billy’s Landing
  • Pajinka (the Tip)
  • Ussher Point
  • Somerset

You can access these places without paying a fee. (to name a few):

  • The Old Telegraph Track
  • Waterfalls such as Fruit Bat Falls, Eliot Falls, Twin Falls, and Hidden Waterfall (Sam Creek)
  • Gunshot Creek
  • Chilli Beach

If you are planning to travel the Tip, and Cape York as a whole, from now on, think yourself lucky! This quite easily could have been a permanent closure and it just highlights that we all need to respect the region (and actually, all of Australia!) when we’re exploring.

So, is the Tip on your bucket list? Comment below what you’re most looking forward to. Or if you’ve been, what’s your favourite part?

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