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Bamaga: Post Office
Bamaga has an Australian Post agency located on the main street Adidi Street in the Rural Transaction Centre building.
The Bamaga Tavern is the only licensed premises in the Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) of Cape York that has a general purpose liquor license and is able to offer both, in-house bar service and takeaways through the bottle shop. It is the most northerly pub on mainland Australia. The Bamaga Tavern has a front public bar with pool tables and regularly pool and darts competitions are held. Regina's Lounge and the beer garden in the rear provide a more family orientated environment and food.
The Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) restricted area covers the communities that make up the NPA Regional Council (Bamaga, Injinoo, New Mapoon, Seisia and Umagico) and includes all public and private places within these communities. This includes the Bamaga/Injinoo Airport and Seisia Wharf.
It does not include Injinoo land south of Cowal Creek or Cowal Creek waterway, but includes its northern banks.
It is an offence to drink in a public place anywhere in Queensland.
The maximum amount of alcohol a person can have in the restricted area is:
- 2 litres of wine (unfortified) and 11.25 litres (1 x 30 can carton) of any strength beer
- 2 litres of wine (unfortified) and 9 litres (1 x 24 can carton) of premixed spirits of up to 5.5% alcohol/volume.
This amount is per person on foot, or per vehicle, boat or aircraft regardless of the number of people in it.
However, the Loyalty Beach, New Mapoon and Seisia Camping Grounds are designated wet areas. Registered guests of these camping grounds are permitted to drink alcohol in accordance with the carriage limit.
There are several licensed premises in the restricted area where alcohol can only be sold for on-premises consumption to residents and their guests, or to a person who is eating a meal on the premises. Where takeaway sales are allowed, no more than the carriage limit can be sold for take away per person or vehicle no matter how many people are in the vehicle.
Maximum penalties for possessing illegal alcohol in the restricted area are:
- first offence 375 penalty units (currently $44,175)
- second offence 525 penalty units (currently $61,845) or 6 months imprisonment
- third or subsequent offence 750 penalty units (currently $88,350) or 18 months imprisonment.
Vehicles found carrying alcohol above the set quantity in the restricted area may be confiscated.
It is also an offence to attempt to bring alcohol above the set quantity into the restricted area. The maximum is 375 penalty units (currently $44,175).
The maximum penalty for possessing alcohol in a dry place is 19 penalty units (currently $2,238).
These penalties apply to all people living in, travelling through, visiting or working in the restricted area.
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Travelling in alcohol restricted areas
There are alcohol restrictions in 19 communities across Queensland. These restrictions ban or limit the amount and type of alcohol you can take into a community. In some communities, alcohol is completely banned.
However, the following roads and public areas in Doomadgee, Lockhart River and Wujal Wujal have been declared as ‘specific roads and public facilities’:
- the Savannah Way
- the public facilities within Doomadgee including the Doomadgee Roadhouse.
- Frenchmen's Road
- Portland Roads Road.
- the Bloomfield Track (including Douglas Street and the Rossville-Bloomfield Road as they pass through the community) and the Bloomfield Crossing
- the public facilities within Wujal Wujal include the car park near the Bloomfield Falls and the car park for the Wujal Wujal Arts and Cultural Centre.
You may be able to carry more alcohol than the limit if you meet the requirements of a ‘bona fide traveller’.
What is a ‘bona fide traveller’?
A ‘bona fide traveller’ is someone who can prove their destination is not in the restricted area. This is called ‘reverse onus of proof’. Items you can use to prove you are a ‘bona fide traveller’ include:
- your trip itinerary
- valid camping permits
- a driver licence showing your home address is not in the restricted area
- accommodation bookings in destinations outside the restricted area.
How much alcohol can I carry if I can prove I’m a ‘bona fide traveller’?
You can carry more alcohol than is allowed under the alcohol restrictions in an area which has been declared a ‘specific roads and public facilities’ (see above) only if:
- the alcohol is secured in your vehicle
- the alcohol can’t be seen from outside your vehicle (is covered up)
- the alcohol is not removed from your vehicle while travelling on a specified road or using a specified public facility. You must not consume the alcohol while within the restricted area.
If you have more than the prescribed limit in your possession, you cannot stop within the restricted other than at the prescribed public facilities, unless it is an emergency situation (such as a break down).
All other roads and facilities in Doomadgee, Lockhart River and Wujal Wujal are subject to the restrictions. There are no exemptions for anyone.
The bona fide traveller exemption does not apply in any other community. You must not take more than the maximum alcohol allowed when travelling through any alcohol restricted community on roads not listed above.
Under the Liquor Act 1992 and alcohol management plans police can:
- stop and search any vehicle in or coming into a restricted area
- take all alcohol where alcohol restrictions are being breached
- take a vehicle (including a car, boat or plane) used to bring alcohol into a restricted area or dry place
- take a vehicle if they believe it is necessary to stop the vehicle being used again to break alcohol laws
- search a person without a warrant if they suspect they are carrying alcohol
- enter and search a house without a warrant if they suspect there is alcohol in the house
- stop and search a vehicle, animal or a vehicle pulled by an animal that is under the control of a person attempting to enter a restricted area with alcohol.
This is a guide only and should not be used as legal document. You should check full details of the relevant legislation when necessary.
For more information about police powers, contact 13 QGOV (13 74 68).