Keen to get the high ground on some extraordinary Aussie vistas? Our pick of accessible lookouts and unlikely summits are found just a little way off the beaten track, making them perfect destinations for travellers keen to break from the pack and cast their eyes over unexpected landscapes this year.
Mount Bremer, Cape York
The low-lying spine of rock that touches the sea at the very tip of Australia, Mount Bremer marks the end point of every great Cape York adventure. With views over York and Eborac Islands, The Tip is a poignant, much-photographed destination on the Bucket List of just about every Aussie with a 4WD and fishing rod, and the walk there takes only 15-20 minutes.
From the car park, climb up and across the rock slabs, following a well-worn path until you can walk no further. At low tide you can drop down onto Frangipani Beach to cast a line off the rocks for a mackerel or queenfish dinner.
Although it fits only a couple of rigs, the car park on the edge of Frangipani Bay makes a great little overnight camp. It’s one of my favourite sunset spots where Torresian pigeons feed in the treetops and bright blue solider crabs scurry and spiral into the sand. Alternatively, find a forested nook behind Frangipani Bay by following the tracks that lead off the main road.
Frangipani Bay (Pajinka) is located 32km north of Bamaga via a corrugated dirt road with some usually shallow creek crossings. Free camping at Frangipani Bay is included in your Jardine River ferry pass but no facilities are provided. Travel during the dry season (May through October) and visit www.tourismcapeyork.com to plan your trip.