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Welcome to the Cape, an untamed frontier region dotted with rugged national parks, pristine waterways and secluded beaches.

Every day is an adventure in Cape York, one of Australia’s last true wilderness areas. Go camping, fishing, four-wheel driving, walk along the beach and discover the incredible Aboriginal and early European history. Cape York is somewhere that everyone must visit once in their lifetime.

The drive of a lifetime

Paved roads are a rarity in this region which adds a sense of adventure to the 1200km 4WD adventure from Cairns to Cape York which will take about seven days to drive, visiting Cooktown, the Lockhart River, remote campsites and vast cattle stations.

Planning your trip to the cape

  • Plan your trip for some time between May and October in the dry season. During the wet season, rivers become impassable and dangerous.
  • Carry two spare tyres, fuel and water
  • Make sure you have a bull bar, two recovery points and a snorkel if you plan to get off the beaten track.
  • Be croc-wise — don’t linger near river edges, salt-water crocs will venture into freshwater rivers and creeks too, so don’t assume you’re safe.
  • Don’t rely on your mobile phone, they won’t work in most of Cape York. Use either a UHF or HF Radio.

Cradle of culture

A fascinating mix of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and the local communities have rich traditions dating back tens of thousands of years. Cape York is also the birthplace of the incredible Laura Dance Festival.

From Punsand Bay, there are spectacular views out over the Torres Strait Islands. You can watch the sun rise from the Coral Sea and set over the Arafura. Snorkel on some of the most isolated reefs in the country in the far northern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. Cape York is also a bucket-list destination for anyone serious about fishing.

Things to do

  • Great Barrier Reef Drive now Open

    Drive straight from the city to the rainforest with the newly upgraded Great Barrier Reef Drive. Take it fast on a 1-day drive, or slow on a 2 to 5-day itinerary, either way you’ll experience it all like a local.

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  • Cape Crusaders!

    Whoever said Crusades only belong in history books never ventured further than Cairns. Enjoy your own 21st Century Crusade with Heritage Tours for a once in a lifetime experience you’ll be talking about for years to come!

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  • Stay Bio-Alert on Your Next Trip

    Biosecurity is not just an international threat, it’s a domestic problem too.  Pests, diseases and weeds can travel with you as you visit other regions and wreak havoc on our environment.

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  • 5 Top Outback Queensland National Parks

    Visiting one of Queensland’s National Parks is top of many Australian’s bucket lists. If this is one of yours, why not check out 5 amazing parks that will leave you breathless.

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  • Your opportunity to view the Coral Spawning

    If you’re travelling along Queensland’s beautiful coastline during October, November or December, you can witness a spectacular natural phenomenon that only occurs at this time of year – Coral Reef Spawning.

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  • Experience the Undara Volcanic National Park

    Acclaimed as the world’s longest and oldest lava tubes, Undara Lava Tubes lie in the northern parts of tropical Queensland. These tubes have withstood the test of time and is currently preserved to retain the history of being formed over 190,000 years ago. The Undara Experience offers the whole package from accommodation to a hands-on tour into the 160km long lava tubes. The Undara Volcanic National Park

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