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“Possibly the most remote "resort" in Australia”

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Cape York Peninsula Lodge
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Sydney, Australia
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144 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Possibly the most remote "resort" in Australia”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2013

Bamaga is almost at the tip of Australia, in largely indigenous territory. Given the logistical difficulties and the remoteness, the resort tries hard to offer a full service and largely succeeds. There is a reasonable sized pool. The rooms have every facility, including iron, hair dryer, TV and crockery and toiletries in the bathroom, but everything lacks the final touch of care and their 4 star self rating is possibly a trifle over- stated. Doors don't quite fit or close, the slatted blind at the window was missing one slot so we had a bright street light disturbing our sleep. The meals are good, and the food service attentive, apart from the male breakfast chef who was very surly, uncommunicative and unhelpful.
However, that said, allowances have to be made for the logistics of managing a business as large as this in such a remote location. Phone and Internet were only intermittent and the sourcing if supplies would have been a nightmare.
Generally, probably the best place to stay in hundreds of kilometers!v

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

Wanted to stay in a resort for r&r after trip from Weipa hot & dusty. Pool was refreshing. Restaurant would have been noisy & crowded with large private party so we opted to cook fish on the bbq, but guess what? no gas! Manager was helpful but took a while.
Restaurant prepared chips & salad for our bbq but very expensive.Then a move to Eco Tent for several nights. Very hot & stuffy & no fan. No staff at Reception.when hours on door stated they were open. Mobile phone just rung out.Husband found fan in another unoccupied tent.Very limited weekend service. Took two days for staff to chase up fan.Tents only had bedside lights, shared bathroom facilities not cleaned.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Chris F, General Manager at Cape York Peninsula Lodge, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Being the only restaurant in Bamaga, it is regularly used y the community for weddings, 21st birthday parties and school graduations especially on weekends when there are very few guests in the resort etc. The restaurant is normally closed for these functions. It appears this guest arrived on such an occasion at the weekend. There is a modern BBQ area and outdoor dining/lounge area in landscaped gardens next to the eco tents. Sometimes gas does run out if previous guests do not inform management of such. Gas then has to be sourced from the Service Station several klms away which takes time. We will ensure in future that a spare gas bottle is kept on site. All eco tents have high powered fans and are ventilated on all sides with fly-screened windows and doors. Yes there are only bed side table lights as after all this is an eco tent.

Yes there is a reduced weekend service as there are very few guests with no planes on Saturday & Sunday and the Resort just cannot keep reception staff on full time at weekend when penalty rates are $50 an hour. The manager lives on site and is contactable by mobile phone..
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

We stayed here while on a tour. Very nice grounds and aspect. The accommodation was acceptable - just. But I must agree about the dirty linen comments elsewhere. The bathroom was clean. There was some problem with the electricity. It worked in reverse to the way it should. We could not leave the key in the electricity switch as things only worked when it was out - the opposite to the way it should. Airconditioner was very noisy. Food in the dining room was okay. While the service was friendly it was not of a high standard.

Room Tip: Some rooms have airconditioners that are not so noisy.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

I was looking forward to having a rest. I should of stayed in my camper. The rooms are dirty. The linen was dirty. The bathroom required me to clean it before it was usable. The advertised Austar consisted of 2 channels only. No free to air channels at all. It was ridiculous just how expensive it was to stay.
Our room was not cleaned and we had to request our rubbish be taken out and dirty dishes be replaced.
The pool was lovely and clean. The staff in restaurant were very pleasant and was a decent meal.
Would not recommend staying here sorry.

  • Stayed August 2013
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

We had camped the whole way up the Old Telegraph Track and decided to stay in a "resort" for the final nights. We booked the suite in anticipation that it would live up to its 4 star rating.... This is where it started to go south. The manager was very nice, she was extremely helpful and was perhaps the only part of the stay that was up to resort standard. Upon entering the room we were shocked to see what could only be described as the polar opposite of a resort. The TV which supposedly came with Austar had only 4 channels, the floor was about as dirty as the track we had travelled on for 3 days and the sheets were anything but pleasant.

The room service was questionable, the young lad who had clearly just started took 3 trips to bring over 1 Carona. In saying this, however, the restaurant was alright. The food was decent, the service was decent as was the atmosphere. If we ever were to come back to Bamaga again, I think we'd choose to stick to the camping.

Room Tip: Stay in the Eco tent for $90, or just stick to camping.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Chris F, General Manager at Cape York Peninsula Lodge, responded to this review, July 19, 2014
We take on board the comments of this guest and apologise but find it difficult to understand how a room that is thoroughly cleaned and checked daily can have such an allegedly dirty floor. Similarly sheets are changed and laundered with each new arrival and new linen purchased regularly. We are in the process of replacing the floor coverings in all rooms The Austar which has all channels does occasionally play up and we have to wait for the next visit to Bamaga from Cairns (a 2 hrs flight or a 15 hrs drive) by the technician before it can be fixed. Due to the remote location technical support is not on tap like in urban centres. Three trips by room service to deliver a beer sounds like a statement using a bit of poetic license given the training that bar staff receive.
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013

I had given 24hrs notice given of arriving to check in after a full day trip up to Pajinka.
Arrived during reception 'open' hours.
Three other independent travellers also arrived from incoming flight, with reservations.
No one on reception, two contact numbers provided on laminated info on the door.
Both numbers rung out for 45minutes. Remember, it's hot & humid up here.
One teenage member of staff on site with no insight on what to do to contact their line manager.
Bad start. Check in achieved. Four rooms, four people..... Staff not bothered by guests arrival being totally unimportant 'detail' to remember.
Rooms clean but captive audience. STAY AT THE SEISIA RESORT IF YOU COME UP THIS FAR.
Swimming pool being used by non-residents locals children, bikes leaning up against pool railings in the garden directly outside all the rooms. So screaming and playing/jumping in the pool is what you will try to 'swim' around. Children unsupervised, female manager asked them to leave, children knocking on the rooms asking adults to come to swim with them, I politely declined. Children then left but returned to the pool with more friends, after less than an hour.
AGAIN, Stay at the Seisia.
Have eaten in the restaurant in a group here prior to this 'stay' and food over priced and not of VFM. Not appetising.
Counting down till checkout.
Positive side. Nice well kept gardens, easy parking, good outside appearance but nonchalant 'who cares' standards overrides the exterior design.
Stay at the Seisia, need I type it again?

Room Tip: BOOK SOMEWHERE ELSE! The decor is NOT what u 'need'. Go stay at the Seisia and be in a cotta...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Chris F, General Manager at Cape York Peninsula Lodge, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
The Resort Bamaga office and reception is open from 6 am to 6 pm, 5 days a week. Being a remote location there is one plane a day (except Saturday & Sunday) when nearly all guests arrive. There is also a morning and afternoon ferry from Thursday Island. The resort bus meets all planes and ferries. As there are no arrivals on weekends the office is closed as no guests arrive apart from the odd independent 4 x 4 traveller.. However the manager's residence door is 5 metres from reception. It would appear that this guest arrived by road on a weekend and was unfortunate in that the mobile number was not answered immediately.

Non residents are not allowed to use the pool except if there is a Sunday lunch time BBQ when local residents sometimes bring there children but this is an exception and Sunday BBQs are rare. It is a legal requirement that any children be supervised.

Our A La Carte restaurant employs three chefs all of whom have considerable Australian and overseas experience in major hotels. As to the food being overpriced, this guest obviously does not appreciate the logistics and freight costs associated with the supply of restaurant supplies in a remote atea 900 klms north of Cairns and if we applied normal restaurant food margins it would easily add $10/15 to a main course.

Some guests are not suited to remote area travel and do not appreciate the difficulties faced and time and effort that goes into providing good accommodation, a lovely garden environment and a high quality restaurant and bar in a remote indigenous location.

It seems that a combination of unusual circumstances adversely affected this guests stay and for that we apologise.
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

We stayed at the resort for a few days and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, the food was great, the service was fantastic, such a friendly and welcoming experience. Would recommend this place to everyone, neat clean rooms, and check in was quick and easy, nothing was to hard. Definitely be back, the fishing was amazing.

Room Tip: Cabins have more space basic cooking facilities.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Cape York Peninsula Lodge

Property: Cape York Peninsula Lodge
Address: Corner Lui & Adidi Streets, Bamaga, Queensland 4876, Australia (Formerly Resort Bamaga)
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cape York > Bamaga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Bamaga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Cape York Peninsula Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Cape York Peninsula Lodge (formerly Resort Bamaga), forming part of Australia's "Melanesian South Pacific" paradise. The Lodge offers affordable four star luxury, being the premier accommodation and hospitality property on the top of Cape York. If you like adventure, fishing, boating, island hopping, 4X4 Driving and the outdoor life, then this is the place for you. ... more   less 
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