Frequently Asked Questions And Answers

How far are you from ‘The Tip’ of Cape York?

We are 5km south-west from ‘The Tip’. You can see the headland from our beach at Punsand Bay, however, driving there takes between 40 minutes and 1 hour, depending on road conditions and traffic. We’re the closest commercial campground to ‘The Tip’.

How long should I allow to travel from Cairns?

Drive time from Cairns directly to us, via the ‘main road’, is about 14 to 15 hours depending on road conditions. If you’re trying to get here ASAP, for safety’s sake, we recommend at least 1 overnight stop. Then you’ve got all the great stops and side tracks to do along the way. So take as long as you can spare, either on your way up or on your way back down again.

How long should we stay in the area?

We believe that in an ideal world a bare minimum stay would be 4 nights.

  • Day 1. Arrive at Punsand Bay Cape York Camping, check in and settle in.
  • Day 2. Spend the day exploring the local area by vehicle. A nice day’s drive is to The Tip (maybe via the Roma Flats Track depending on your 4wding experience and track conditions). Then through the Lockerbie Scrub Rainforest to Somerset Beach. On to Fly Point and the East Coasts “5 Beach Run”. Then back to us via The Croc Tent (for some great Cape York merchandise and souvenirs.
  • Day 3. One day to visit Thursday / Horn Island, part of the Torres Strait Islands, or maybe take a boat trip to nearby Roko Island and Pearl Farm or get picked up from our beach for a Fishing Charter.
  • Day 4. Plus, most importantly, one day to relax, do nothing, recover from the long drive up and prepare for the drive back.

Then there is always walks along the beach, fishing, drives to nearby beaches etc, which is why many people stay much longer.

Are you the place with the pool?

That’s us. We have a freshwater swimming pool for the kids and kids at heart.

Do you have a bar & restaurant?

After a long day of corrugations, kick back and relax in the The Corrugation Bar. The Corrugation Bar has a selection of icy cold tap beers, bottled wines – red, white & sparkling – a huge variety of stubbies, cider, ginger beer, seltzers, spirits and a selection of non alcoholic beverages available. A great place to meet other travellers and swap stories.

We offer an a la carte menu for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and we also have a bakery cabinet, which is topped up with fresh goods every morning. The Corrugation Bar is open 7 days per week from June – October. Opening times / days vary throughout the time of season.

Try our famous Wood Fired Pizzas which are 6 nights a week and Sundays for lunch.

Do we have espresso coffee?

We have a espresso coffee machine operated by a trained barista available every day. We have a range of alternative milks, syrups & full coffee menu. Our coffee is supplied by a local Cairns business and our beans are “Black Bird Coffee”.

Do you have an onsite shop?

We sell basic products such as: bread, long life milk, ice, ice creams, bait, souvenirs, maps, basic 1st Aid and toiletry items etc. It’s best to stock up with your main grocery items etc. on your way through Bamaga or Seisia.

Do you have amenities blocks and a laundry?

  • We have 3 Amenities Blocks with hot showers and toilets. We also have a disabled person’s toilet and shower room.
  • We have a Laundry with coin operated Washing Machines and Dryers. Change and washing powder sachets are available at our Reception / Bar.

What’s your water like?

One of the side effects of our campground being in such a peaceful out of town location is that we’re a bit far away from the communities to have treated town water. So, most of our water is untreated creek / soak / bore water.

We recommend boiling water before drinking. Bottled drinking water can be purchased from the bar. We can also fill small personal drink bottles (max. 1Lt) with filtered rainwater. But unfortunately we simply can’t store enough rainwater for everyone to fill large tanks /containers.

Large tanks and containers can be filled with treated drinking water on your way to us at BP Bamaga and BP Seisia on your way out to us.

Where are the nearest shops?

The nearest shops to us are at Bamaga or Seisia. Best to stock up with your grocery items, fuel, etc. on your way through.

What tours do you have available?

We offer a Free Tour Booking and Information Service and can arrange the following tours for you. Just ask at Reception.

  • Scenic Helicopter Flights & Heli Fishing
  • Thursday Island, Horn Island & Friday Island – Ferry, Island Tours, Charter Boats
  • Roko Island Pearl accommodation stays
  • Fishing Charters/li>

Do you refill Gas Bottles?

No – Gas Bottles can be refilled on your way through to us at the Seisia BP Service Station. Bamaga BP, Seisia BP and the IBIS Supermarket have Swap and Go Gas Bottles.

Can we have a campfire?

Campfires are permitted in campsites. Please use existing fire places and keep fires small and smoke to a minimum. Consider your neighbors and extinguish when not attended. Please do not put rubbish in fires. No fires permitted on the beach.

Do you have mobile phone range and internet / wifi?

We get the best range of Telstra 3G/4G/5g on the beach and a less stronger signal in the bar and restaurant area. Optus is very limited.

We have a guest WIFI service available to purchase at reception or the bar. This is available to updated socials, emails etc but not do big downloads like Netflix etc.

Can I bring my dog with me?

Your dogs are welcome – but not in the Restaurant and Bar, pool deck area or inside Cabins. We do ask that you keep them on a leash at all times, clean up after them, do not leave them unattended at your camp for long periods of time and keep them from disturbing your fellow campers.

Where is the nearest Caravan Dump Point?

The nearest dump point to us is at Seisia. You could use this on your way to and / or after leaving us.

Can you help with any Mechanical Repairs?

We do not have a mechanical or maintenance service available at Punsand. You will pass a few Mechanics on your way to us.

  • Coy’s Budget Motors in Bamaga – right hand side heading towards BP Bamaga. Ph 4069 3558
  • Top End Motors in Seisia – left hand side heading into Seisia. Ph 4069 3182

You can purchase nuts, bolts and miscellaneous items as such from Traders which is near the Bamaga BP.

Are there any Alcohol Restrictions?

Punsand Bay Cape York Camping is not subject to any alcohol restrictions but you must drive through the Northern Peninsular Area (NPA) Alcohol Restriction Zone to get here. The following applies within the Restriction Zone:

  • The maximum amount of alcohol that can be carried per vehicle is: 2 litres of wine (unfortified) and 1 x 30 can carton of any strength beer, or 2 litres of wine (unfortified) and 1 x 24 can carton of premixed spirits of up to 5.5% alcohol/volume. It is an offense to drink in a public place.

Unlike some other Alcohol Restriction Zones on your way up here you are not exempt from these regulations if you are a bona fide traveller passing through the NPA Alcohol Restriction Zone.

We have a fully stocked bar and can sell takeaway alcohol to in-house guests only between 10am – 6pm.

When does the road to Cairns open and close?

Depends on the Wet Season. The main road up is usually open by end of April and generally stays open until well into December, but this can vary from year to year.

What are the Jardine Ferry Times?

During Tourist Season the ferry operates from 8am to 5pm 7 days / week. It closes for lunch between 12pm and 1pm. Please check NPARC website / facebook page for the most current information. |

How far are you from the Jardine River Ferry?

Depending on current road conditions we are 1hr to 1.5hrs drive from Jardine River Ferry.

How far are you from Bamaga / Seisia?

Depending on current road conditions we are 30min to 45min drive from Bamaga / Seisia.

When do we open and close for the season?

Generally we open from the end of April through to early December depending on weather. Pre-bookings are highly encouraged.

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