Islands in the Far North of Queensland
Replies: 24 - Last Post: May 25, 2013 11:54 PM Last Post By: RickDune
May 1, 2013 12:56 AM
May 1, 2013 1:27 AM
May 1, 2013 2:21 AM
17I did think it was perfectly logical and sensible to recomend not to go kayaking in waters that salty's live in, they do grow over 20 foot and weigh over 4000 pounds, despite people giving there personal view that i would be OK, i would not.
May 1, 2013 4:48 AM
May 1, 2013 5:32 AM
May 1, 2013 8:20 PM
21Moa island, Prince of Wales Island and Thursday Island?
Apart from Thursday and Horn Islands, you need permission from the Torres Strait Regional Authority to visit any of the other Torres Strait Islands
You'd probably get better information regarding your questions from Gab Titui and Torres Strait Heritage . Also try Torres Straits Tourist Information .
May 5, 2013 3:16 AM
22Thanks all for the responses. I dont think its as black and white as saying dont kayak where salties live, the question is what is the level of risk and what can be done to manage that risk. I have paddled around the lagoons of the solomon islands, which is also salty territory, but with appropriate precautions it is relatively safe paddling. Theres plenty there to think about anyway - il be sure to post a report if I make the trip.
May 5, 2013 6:56 AM
May 25, 2013 11:54 PM
24...and don't forget about the stingers (box jelly fish that can kill you before you can call an ambulance) the sharks the poisonous snakes and the ferocious sun! but the crocodiles are pretty well fed up there, they just get annoyed when drunks keep swimming in their water holes at night time
Other than that you should indeed have an adventure - the tides are a big concern if you are only paddling, you will want to get local knowledge on the currents
There is a caravan park at Bamaga and a motel, Gateway Resort has a small museum for the War effort
Thursday Island has the only "town" where the hospital is based but the people are extremely friendly
Seaswift run a cargo ship from Cairns that takes passengers if you change your mind about the flight or have trouble with freight on QANTAS (they are only small planes, no jumbo jets) and it is VERY VERY EXPENSIVE for everything
check out www.seaswift.com.au for cargo and shipping schedule - PS you can even put your 4WD on and do a one way trip down the cape
on a serious side make sure you have insurance for a helicopter airlift and take precautions against dengue (Ross River fever) from mosquitoes also being so close to Papua New Guinea there have been a few cases of tuberculosis in the news lately
you will be guaranteed to meet some wonderful aussies up there
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