Cape York

Blooming in Queensland’s farthest northern tip is the largest remaining, untamed wilderness on earth – Cape York Peninsula.

Things to do

Visit the historic gold town ruins and bush cattle stations where you can join a helicopter muster or, unearth wetlands brimming with birdlife and fish. Be sure to pack the rod and try your cast in isolated fishing holes or simply cool off under a pristine waterfall.

While you in Cape York, mingle with Aboriginal artists whilst they paint at home or explore prehistoric rock art collections, dating back 40,000 years. Time your trip for July and experience one of the most electrifying biannual Aboriginal dance festivals.

And, don't forget to keep one eye on the sky for red palm cockatoos and one in the eucalypt woodlands for elusive tree kangaroos

How to get there

Get off the beaten track and amongst one of Australia’s best 4WD routes, with challenging river crossings and nights spent under the stars.

Plan your holiday

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Cape York Camping Punsand Bay

Bamaga, Northern Peninsula Area
From AU$18 - 260
Cape York Camping Punsand Bay is the ultimate base for any Cape York adventurer looking to explore and discover the Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait Islands. Situated five kilometres south-west from "The Tip" on the Cape York Peninsula, it is the most northern address in Australia.


Lockhart, Cook Area
From AU$100 - 150
Greenhoose is a friendly, family-run accommodation centre nestled amongst the rainforests of Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park, approximately 8 kilometres from Lockhart River. Set on 240 acres of one of Australia’s most diverse environmental habitats, Greenhoose is a base from which to explore tropical rainforest, savannah, and reef.

Island Villas and Apartments

Thursday Island, Torres Area
From AU$320 - 390
Island Villas provides the only 4 star boutique self-catering accommodation on Thursday Island, the gateway to the Torres Strait. Known as an albergo diffuso (scattered hotel) serviced by one central reception area, Island Villas allows guests to be immersed in the island community and offers a range of prestige properties to choose from, each with views of the azure waters of the Endeavour Strait and located in various positions just a short stroll to all the island's amenities and businesses.
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The capital of the Cape York region is Cooktown. It’s along the 350-kilometre inland highway or 4WD coastal route via the Bloomfield Track from Cairns

Things to do

Stroll the wide welcoming streets, lined with grand Queensland architecture from the bygone gold rush days, and the botanic gardens filled with 62-hectares of native and exotic plants. Or, cast a lure on a guided tour and explore the river estuary day or night for barramundi.

Every June, the locals come together for a three-day long festival to celebrate the landing of Captain James Cook and his interaction with Indigenous Guugu Yimithirr people. You can dress up and join in the festivities too.

Indigenous cultures converge

The Cape York region houses two of Australia’s Indigenous cultures; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. You will find a thriving Aboriginal culture on the mainland and when you venture past the tip of Cape York, you’ll come across the remote islands of the Torres Strait, home to the Torres Strait Island people.

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