There's plenty of life in the old mining community of Coen. Originally the town was created around a repeater station in the Overland Telegraph Line to the Tip of Cape York Peninsula. Camp on the town's outskirts in a bush camping ground at The Bend on Coen river - you'll appreciate the beauty of access to a toilet facility if you have been going rough.

Coen lies in the centre of the Cape York Peninsula, part of the large Cook Shire Council. It is a hub of government services with facilities including two shops with fuel outlets, a cafe and takeaway, medical centre, hotel, camping and guesthouse.

Cape York House sits solidly in the main street, a community project where the town's history is presented within a building made from recycled materials from the now-demolished Mein telegraph repeater station. This original Mein station was situated north of the current Archer River Roadhouse. You will find the historic house easily accessible - just grab the key to the building (and toilet facility) from Mulleys Store next to the hotel. It's on an honour basis which is a pleasant atmosphere of trust in these globally troubled times.

There are no alcohol restrictions in the community.

You'll find police and a post office based within Coen. There is also a very active Aboriginal corporation which co-ordinates services for local Indigenous people.

At the southern end of the main street is the Coen Heritage House, with displays about local history,
including information on the Gold Rush, local families, and the building of the Telegraph Line.
A collection of mining equipment, previously part of the Cape York Mining Museum in Weipa, is
also on display.

A visit to the Gold Mine at Coen is very interesting. You will find a working four head stamper along with a personal entertaining descriptive guide. Camping and caravan facilities are available as well.

Just north of Coen, you'll find a lovely swimming and camping spot; there is a drop toilet here. 20 kilometres north of Coen is the Quarantine Inspection Station where it provides travel information for the Cape.

Coen, Cook Area

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Haggerstone Island Resort

Haggerstone Island, Torres Area
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From AU$1600.00 - 1700.00
Haggerstone Island Guest House is a unique all inclusive privately owned home catering for up to ten guests. Situated at the remote northern end of the Great Barrier Reef, it is adjacent to the uninhabited Cape York coast line. Their daily adventures are included in the accommodation rate and include fishing and spear fishing, snorkelling over pristine coral reef, swimming with manta rays and dolphins, visiting the heritage listed sand dunes of Shellbourne Bay or a nineteenth century ship wreck, exploring uninhabited islands, cays, beaches, bays and the wild rivers of Cape York. Meals are prepared from fresh produce either grown on the island or caught at sea. Lunches are prepared gourmet style on board their 11 metre jet boat Jo Jo. The island is regularly booked as a whole providing a unique group or family holiday. Children are welcome. The new House Mawu is a secluded three bed, two bathroom self contained house overlooking the reefs. Designed and built by the owners, House Mawu has kitchen, lounge, sun terrace with fire place. A work of art in tropical living where guests can enjoy the luxury of a house while still being part of the overall island activities.

Seisia Holiday Park

Seisia, Northern Peninsula Area
From AU$10.00 - 365.00
Seisia Holiday Park is situated on the western side of Cape York Peninsular. The Campground features Powered Sites, Unpowered Sites, Caravan Sites, and Hut Sites along Beachfront. They also have a range of accommodation from Villas Sleeping 6, Cottages sleeping 4 and Budget Lodge sleeping 2. They are close to all amenities from the famous Seisia Wharf with Ferry service daily to Thursday Island, Boat Ramp, fully stocked supermarket open 7 days 8am to 7pm, Service Station, Mechanics, Butcher Shop, Ice and Tackle store all at your doorstep. Come and relax at the campground with views of the setting sun over the Torres Strait Islands, even a spot of fishing of the Seisia Wharf. Relax ,Enjoy, Smile

Cape York Camping Punsand Bay

Bamaga, Northern Peninsula Area
From AU$17.00 - 220.00
Cape York Camping Punsand Bay is the ultimate base for any Cape York adventurer looking to explore and discover the Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait Islands. Situated 5 kilometres south-west from "The Tip" on the Cape York Peninsula, it is the most northern address in Australia. The beachfront camping ground, accommodation, restaurant and bar overlook the picturesque waters of the Arafura Sea, Torres Strait Islands and northwards to "The Tip" of Australia. Cape York Camping has a range of accommodation and camping ideal for couples, families and groups to relax, unwind and recharge. Kick back and relax in the The Corrugation Bar after a long day of corrugations. The Corrugation Bar has a selection of beers, wines, spirits and non alcoholic beverages available. A great place to meet other travellers and swap stories. A wood-fired pizza menu is available. Pizzas, bases and sauces are prepared in house daily using fresh locally sourced ingredients. Takeaway pizzas are available to enjoy back at your camp site. Grab your book, towel and cool off with a swim in the swimming pool. Over looking the ocean and situated close to the bar, restaurant, beach, accommodation and camping.

Cape York Peninsula Lodge

Bamaga, Northern Peninsula Area
From AU$309.00 - 309.00
Welcome to Cape York Peninsula Lodge, forming part of Australia's "Melanesian South Pacific" paradise. Cape York Peninsula Lodge offers comfortable lodge accommodation being the premier accommodation and hospitality property at the top of Cape York. If you like adventure, fishing, boating, island hopping, 4WD adventure and the outdoor life, then this is the place for you

Wongai Beach Hotel Horn Island

Horn Island, Torres Area
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The Wongai Beach Hotel located on Horn Island in the Torres Strait provides a relaxing and enjoyable setting for all tastes, with 21 accommodation units in a garden setting, all in a close proximity to the pool, spa and restaurant that overlooks the water to Thursday Island. The hotel offers Gaming, TAB, KENO and automatic teller facilities and an open beer garden. Experience the real Torres Strait, some of Australia's best fishing, boating and exploration opportunities.
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