If there was ever a place in Australia that you thought you wouldn’t have to worry about the availability of a car park, the most northern tip of the Australian mainland would be it. but allas, as we pulled up to the most northern tip of the Australian mainland that you can actually drive to, we snagged the last park. So much for remote.
From the car, it is about a 10 minute walk to The Tip, and on the advice of a bloke on his way back, we followed a rough goat track around the side of the steep rocky hill that blocked our way. And what a treat, that goat track was. As we walked, our elevated perspective allowed us a spectacular view over Torres Straight, coral reef and a turquoise bay that cried out to us, “Swim in me!” However, like the song of a Siren, so was the song of that bay, cause had we swum in it, there was a good chance we’d have ended up the lunch of a crocodile or shark.
The Tip. I don’t know how to adequately describe getting to The Tip. There is no earthshattering realisation that you have made it, no swell of emotion or anything like that, mostly just a happy countenance as you wait in line to have a picture taken next to the sign. There is one picture Angela took, that I think sums up exactly what it is like visiting The Tip – crowded.
I remember speaking to my brother Tom, while we were still in Cairns. I said to him, “I don’t really mind how we do it, I just want to get to the top.” How wrong I was. Looking back in hindsight standing on The Tip was a lowlight amongst a multitude of highlights. Now I don’t want you to think it isn’t cool to get there, but that is by know means the crowning glory of a trip through the Cape York Peninsula. When I think back on that trip I will remember the rich country we drove through, the crystal creeks we lazed in, the people we met, the fun we had as a family, not the 10 minutes we spent standing on a peninsula that could be anywhere else in northern Queensland.
On a quick aside, getting to the northern most point is cooler than getting to the eastern most point for the simple fact there is a sign, and the parking is free. On Cape Byron, parking is $7 an hour (incidently, we got the last spot there too) and the closest they get is a sign which says something like, “From here you can see the eastern most point of Australia, 100m away.”
For now, I’ll leave this post here, because our trip back south was awesome, and I don’t want to spoil it.
Until next time,
Brendan, Angela and River.