Seisia

Seisia is a small settlement on Cape York, with an excellent foreshore camping area, a kiosk and service station. Seisia (pronounced Say See Yah) has a population of around 200 people. Seisia Island Dancers perform traditional dances at the camp ground during the peak tourist season. Fishing from the jetty is outstanding and there are fishing excursions to the Jacky Jacky Estuary and the Jardine River.

Location: Seisia is 2,688 km north west of Brisbane, 1,032 km north west of Cairns, 6 km north west of Bamaga.

Seisia is popular as a destination for anglers and a number of fishing charter operators use Seisia as their base. A campground at Seisia is utilized by about 50 per cent of camping travelers to Northern Cape York Peninsula. The majority of tourist services in the Northern Peninsula Area are provided under lease arrangements with the Seisia Island Council.

Seisia is becoming increasingly well known as the "Gateway to the Torres Strait" and as a base on the mainland to educate and inform visitors about Torres Strait Islander culture. Tours linking Seisia with a number of Torres Strait islands (including the market days on Saibai) have commenced, capitalizing on opportunities to educate visitors as to the historical links between Seisia and the Torres Strait. A number of recreational fishing guides can be contacted through the Seisia Village campground.

If there is a hub in the community, it is the wharf. There is somebody here almost all the time - whether just strolling along the beach or jetty, or coming in or going out on a boat. The Jetty is also where you catch the ferry to Thursday Island. There is a supermarket and a fuel station, a few car mechanic shops, a library with internet, a church, and that's about it. The BP fuel station sells the usual basic supplies, and the supermarket is well stocked with food and other supplies.

Jacky Jacky Estuary

Jacky Jacky Creek catchment is considered by conservationists as a global treasure. It is an area of great ecological diversity and sharply changing habitats. The southern end of the catchment supports the stunning white silica dune systems of the Shelburne Bay area, with some dune systems reaching 100m in height, and perched freshwater lakes similar to those found on Fraser Island. This wild area, of great international natural and cultural significance, is part of one Australia’s longest standing National Park proposals.

In this diverse complex of streams, wetlands, lakes and estuaries, you can find a vast array of special wildlife including a stalking Saltwater Crocodile in the estuaries, Red-capped Dotterals nesting on sand dunes, the spotty Mangrove Monitor feeding in the dense mangrove forests and Cape York Melomys foraging for fruit in the vine forests.

The top end of the Jacky Jacky Creek catchment makes up the Jardine River National Park and Heathlands Resource Reserve, a 400,000 ha wilderness area famous for its rich tropical natural and cultural heritage.

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Just next door to the Wharf is a camping ground. It is a nice beachfront camping ground with powered and unpowered sites, some villas and a lodge. Powered camping sites are in so-called "huts" with a roof and small kitchenettes. There is an on-site kiosk and a restaurant. A few kilometres south of the town is another very nice camping ground at Loyalty Beach. It is a very colourful place with red soil, white sand on the beach and blue waters. There are very nice camping spots, and an on-site bar and a restaurant.

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