Backpacking Cape York

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    VISIT THE VERY MOST NORTHERN POINT OF THE AUSTRALIAN MAINLAND: Photo courtesy Tourism Queensland
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    CAPE YORK IS FULL OF REMOTE AND SPECTACULAR SCENERY: Photo courtesy Tourism Queensland
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    MEET SOME OF THE LOCAL ABORGINAL COMMUNITIES AND LEARN ABOUT THEIR CULTURE: Photo courtesy Tourism Queensland
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Cape York Highlights

  • See the most northern point of mainland Australia - the Cape York Peninsula.

  • One of the largest, remote, relatively untouched wilderness areas in the world.

  • One of the greatest four-wheel drive routes in the country, as you pass through such a wide variety of spectacular landscapes and sites.

  • Offers a true outdoor adventure and a once in a lifetime experience. It is great for bushwalking, four-wheel driving, wildlife spotting, bird-watching, fishing and camping.

  • You can see this amazing region by yourself with a 4WD, or take an organised tour by 4WD, boat or plane.

About Cape York

Located on the northernmost tip of Australia, Cape York Peninsula is one of the largest, remote, relatively untouched wilderness areas in the world. It is only accessible during the dry months from April to December by four-wheel drive.

This is one of the greatest four wheel drive routes in the country, as you pass through such a wide variety of spectacular landscapes and sites, such as dusty endless tracks, wild rivers, crystal clear creeks, beautiful waterfalls, magnificent national parks, dense rainforest, rugged mountains, swamps, amazing wildlife and birdlife and sacred Aboriginal sites.

If you want to really see remote Australian and you love outdoor adventure, then this place will be a once in a lifetime experience. It is great for bushwalking, four-wheel driving, wildlife spotting, bird-watching, fishing and camping.

There are a variety of ways to see the Peninsula. If you have a 4WD you can do it yourself. If you are doing this, it is highly recommended that there are at least two vehicles, in case one breaks down. You should definitely contact RACQ (Phone 13 19 05) or the Queensland Parks & Forest Service to obtain comprehensive information about travelling this route and to purchase relevant permits.

You can also take an organised tour by 4WD, boat or plane.

Orientation Map for Cape York


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Nature's Powerhouse Visitor Information Centre

Located at the Botanic Gardens
Finch Bay Road
Cooktown, Queensland
Phone (07) 4069 6004
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