If you’re on the lookout for a true Australian Outback experience, Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia, is the place to be. Untouched wilderness, rugged landscapes, and diverse wildlife await you in this remote corner of the world. Tucked away amidst this natural wonderland next to Mosby Creek, at the tip of Queensland in the township of Bamaga, is the Cape York Peninsula Lodge, a gem that adds a touch of comfort and warmth to your outback exploration.

Cape York Peninsula Lodge offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in Australia’s untamed wilderness while enjoying the comforts of a charming retreat. Whether you’re exploring ancient landscapes, encountering unique wildlife, or indulging in authentic Aussie cuisine, this lodge promises an experience that will stay with you forever.

What truly sets Cape York Peninsula Lodge apart is its strong community ties and deep-rooted indigenous influence. It is part of Bamaga Enterprises Ltd, a community-owned and operated organisation.  This lodge is proudly community-run, with a commitment to supporting and empowering the local Indigenous communities. From its inception, the lodge has collaborated closely with the traditional landowners, respecting their profound connection to the land and their cultural heritage.

Cape York Peninsula Lodge. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

The lodge’s staff includes members from nearby Indigenous communities, whose knowledge and passion add a unique touch to every guest’s experience. They share their ancestral wisdom, providing insights into the land’s history, sacred sites, and traditional practices, making each adventure a culturally enriching journey.

Moreover, Cape York Peninsula Lodge actively contributes to community development projects, supporting education, healthcare, and infrastructure initiatives within the region. By choosing to stay here, travellers contribute to these efforts, positively impacting the lives of the local communities and preserving their rich cultural heritage for generations to come. This community-driven ethos not only makes the lodge special but also creates an immersive and respectful encounter with the traditional owners of this breathtaking land.


Cape York Peninsula Lodge. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

The Cape York Peninsula Lodge offers a range of accommodation options that cater to every traveller’s needs. Whether you’re a solo adventurer, a couple seeking a romantic escape, or a family looking to make cherished memories, the lodge has something special for everyone. The lodge’s rooms are designed to embrace the rugged beauty of the surroundings while ensuring your comfort. Expect comfortable beds, ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, and a private balcony or veranda to soak in the breathtaking views. Additionally, all accommodations are thoughtfully appointed to create a genuine Australian atmosphere.

Room types vary greatly, so you will have to choose a room that suits you best. The Standard Rooms feature Queen-size beds and an ensuite. In each room, you’ll also find a fridge, split system air conditioner, TV, as well as coffee facilities and views of Mosby Creek. Deluxe Rooms are a step up and can be configured to either twin or queen bedding, and includes air conditioning, en-suite bathroom and Foxtel. There are two expansive suites that feature a kitchenette and separate lounge, making them ideal for families or for those looking for a little more room. Each suite has a king bed and a fold-out sofa.

For a little more luxury there are the Executive Cabins, situated among lush greenery and featuring private verandas. These cabins have been freshly refurbished and offer privacy and convenience with a queen bed, a bathroom with a shower and amenities, a kitchenette, a microwave and a coffee machine. The larger Studios are self-contained studios, each with its own balcony, are enclosed by lush tropical gardens and feature views of Mosby Creek. Each studio can be configured with either a king, queen or single bed and includes a fridge, microwave, toaster and coffee machine.

The friendly and knowledgeable lodge staff are true Outback experts. From offering insider tips on the best spots to witness the sunrise to organizing adventurous activities like guided tours to ancient Aboriginal sites or four-wheel drive expeditions, they are dedicated to making your stay unforgettable.


Cape York Peninsula Lodge. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

The Paperbark Restaurant is Cape York Peninsula Lodge’s fully licensed a la carte restaurant, which boasts a menu that showcases the finest local produce and flavours. From mouthwatering Aussie BBQ dishes to fresh seafood, each meal is a delightful journey through the region’s culinary offerings. The menu is seasonal and changes regularly, so do get in contact with the lodge prior to discuss any dietary requirements you may have. You can view a sample restaurant menu here and a bar snack menu here.

Start your day with a hearty breakfast that energizes you for the adventures ahead. For lunch, grab a packed picnic to enjoy amidst the wilderness. After a day of exploring the rugged beauty of Cape York Peninsula, indulge in a delectable dining experience at the lodge’s restaurant.

How to get there

If you are travelling by car, you can reach Bamaga from Cairns on the Peninsula Development Road or the Old Telegraph Track. The Peninsula Development Road offers a more comfortable journey for 4WD vehicles or travellers towing off-road camper trailers, caravans or boats. The Old Telegraph Track can be a challenging drive and is suitable for 4WD vehicles only. It is important to note that some roads are remote and emergency assistance may take some time to arrive. Most phone networks don’t receive coverage in this area but Telstra does receive signal. Also, the track between Cairns and Bamaga can be closed depending on weather conditions (usually January to April) such as the amount of rainfall and the rise and fall of river levels. See here for further information.

You can also fly into Northern Peninsula Airport (ABM) with Rex Airlines, which operate direct flights from Cairns or Skytrans flies direct from Cairns. Qantas does direct flights between Cairns and Horn Island, which would require then a ferry transfer via Thursday Island.

Hot Tips

Naygayiw Gigi Cultural Performance. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

Cultural Performance: Make sure you book in the Naygayiw Gigi Cultural Performance. The Naygayiw Gigi is an award-winning, traditional Torres Strait Island dance troupe that has performed at national and international events. Their performances are interactive and tell the story of how their people came to the Northern Peninsula Area, while educating audiences about their history and languages, the meaning of dance and the significance of costumes, props and musical instruments.

Pack Smart: Being in a remote area means limited access to shops. Pack smartly and bring the essentials to make your stay more comfortable.

Explore with Guides: The Cape York Peninsula is vast and wild, so consider joining guided tours to make the most of your visit and learn about the region’s rich history and ecology.

Respect Nature: Remember, you’re stepping into nature’s domain. Treat the wilderness with care, and always follow eco-friendly practices during your stay.


Cape York Peninsula Lodge. Photo Credit – Kate Webster

Address: Corner Lui & Adidi Streets, Bamaga, Queensland 4876

Email: reception@cypl.com.au

Phone: (07) 4069 3050

Website: cypl.com.au/

Cape York Peninsula Lodge acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work and live. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

Disclosure: The writer Kate Webster stayed as a guest of Bamaga Enterprises Ltd and Tourism Tropical North Queensland (TTNQ).

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Kate Webster

Kate Webster is the founder and owner of Captured Travel Media. She is a world traveller, ocean lover and conservation warrior who is determined to make every moment count for not only herself, but the world around her. An editor and travel journalist, Kate travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the people and places she visits. She is a passionate conservation advocate, sustainable traveller and always travels with reason and cause.