Three men, two Afghani and one Nigerian nationals have been found wandering on a beach near Bamaga at the tip of Cape York Peninsula.
On December 27 last year a local businessman discovered the illegal immigrants walking past his premises dragging a suitcase.
The astonished resident said he asked the bedraggled refugees how they arrived at the beach and to where they intended to go.
“They told me they were heading for the town of Bamaga to catch a bus to Cairns and paid $400 each to a fisherman to drop them at the Tip,” the source said.
“They said they had got to Papua New Guinea through West Irian Jaya and paid to get onto a small boat to cross Torres Strait.
“Of course there is no bus service from here so it would be difficult for them to get to the south.”
The trio was picked up by local police after another resident reported their presence.
“The police sent them to Manus Island detention centre by helicopter.
“Those who saw the men were asked to keep quiet about their arrival.”