Our last visit to Captain Billy Landing was by far our worst night of camping we have ever had, there were thunderstorms, torrential rain, cyclonic winds and the road into the campground had more corrugations than the rest of the cape put together, it really was horrible! The view once you were there was nice, but even that didn’t make up for it and we vowed never to return again ….. yet 5 years later we found ourselves back in this exact same spot!
To our surprise, this time the road in was amazing and the wind (which this area is renowned for) wasn’t even that bad, we actually really enjoyed our stay this time.
We arrived relatively early in the day and it was quite hot at camp, so a few of us found some shallow little pools on the water’s edge to sit in and cool off …. always with a watchful eye out for crocodiles which are plentiful in this area!
Some of the boys and the kids went for an explore down the beach and saw a huge crocodile slide going into one of the creeks, it’s scary thinking of what may be watching you!
And speaking of things watching you, we had a large snake near the toilet block and another smaller one in the shelter watching us cook dinner. Of course Shelly had to climb up to check him out and take photos! He looked very similar to our little pet snake Sam.
Captain Billy Landing gets its name from a nearby creek, which itself was named in 1880 after an aboriginal man who called himself Captain Billy.
This area itself was an experimental cattle export site. As you drive in there is an area of grassland which is the site of an old cattle paddock, where cattle were rested prior to being shipped off to market. You can still see the concrete ramp near the shelter which was installed to allow the loading of the cattle onto barges for transport to market at Bamaga & Weipa.
A few of us rose early and braved the wind to watch and photograph the sunrise which was beautiful. No better way to start your day than with a view like this.
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