Cape York travel takes most visitors by surprise. A rugged, environmentally diverse region rich in culture, history and natural beauty, Cape York travel offers a myriad of unique and unforgettable outback experiences available nowhere else in Australia.
Cape York is larger than England and almost the size of the state of Victoria, covering a mighty 137,000 square kilometres – 11 million hectares - from Cooktown just North of Cairns to Seisia at the "tip" of Queensland Australia.
Cape York was the first part of Australia to be mentioned in written history and is one of the last accessible wilderness areas in the world.
Home to magnificent national parks, sacred Aboriginal sites, untouched beaches and dozens of the most awesome four-wheel-drive adventures in Australia, Cape York remains a land of few people with prolific wildlife living in rugged mountains, eucalypt, mangrove and rainforests, headlands, grasslands, swamps and mighty rivers.
The remote and untouched beauty of Cape York is reflected in the small airports and absence of sealed roads throughout the region. 4WD vehicles are the only road transport you should consider when travelling to Cape York.
If you are not an experienced 4WD enthusiast we recommend you join a small, guided Cape York 4WD tour which can be either a 4WD vehicle both ways or a 4wd vehicle one way and a cargo boat the other way or lastly a 4wd one way and flying the other way.
You can see a list of all your Cape York travel options here
Cape York travel is most common outside the monsoon season (i.e. in the ‘dry season’) from May – October as some roads become impassable due to heavy rains and flooding between November and April. The dry season is when Cape York travel is best.
Accommodation in Cape York and the Torres Strait is varied. In some places like The Daintree, Cape Tribulation, Cooktown, Weipa and Thursday Island there are several motels, resorts and accommodation properties to choose from.
However for the most part, camping is the accommodation style of choice and necessity for travellers who want to see, touch, feel and experience Cape York in all its glory.
Your tour guide will ensure lots of food is available for your trip. Fresh food and ice is available in Cape York and Torres Strait but often considerably higher than in Cairns.
Special rules apply to consuming and carrying alcohol within Cape York aboriginal community boundaries. Failure to comply with alcohol laws can bring heavy fines and penalties. Alcohol rules and restrictions vary town to town and in some places alcohol is totally banned. We will discuss this with you after you book your tour so you know exactly what to expect.