Cairns Visitors Information Guide
Tropical Far North Queensland

Cape York

(Gateway to Australia's Last Frontier), Cape York and The Gulf Savannah is approximately 1000km from Cairns and located on the northern most tip of Queensland, Australia where it's finger points to New Guinea. The Cape York Peninsula is a wild and sparsely populated wilderness area and is only accessible during the "Dry" months of April through to Mid November, where the thunderstorms then herald the beginning of the monsoonal rain and the parched land is replenished and the once dry rivers and creeks run wild. It is at this time that the roads become impassable even by 4wd and the only way to visit the Cape York region is by aircraft or cruising the blue waters of the Torres Strait.

The seemingly undeveloped land of Cape York will Surprise and Delight all who wish to visit and explore, from the dusty tracks that contrast dramatically with Abundant River Systems to the Crystal Clear Creeks and The Spectacular Waterfalls. This is such a vast area of Unexplored Wilderness, Diverse National Parks, Sacred Aboriginal Sites, Tropical Rainforests, Steep Mountains, Rugged Coastlines and Swampy Marshlands with such climatic extremes that the creeks can be running dry and the next, ten feet high!

Whether you love Bushwalking, Four Wheel Driving, Flora & Fauna, Fishing, Swimming or Camping all which can be wide and varied, and each having a unique value of it's own, then "Cape York" is the place for you! This region is one of the largest wilderness areas that remain relatively untouched, maintaining it's original beauty and variety of sights and is one of the most scenic areas in Australia.

You'll be amazed and intrigued by the 40,000-year-old tradition and culture of Australia's Indigenous people that has been recorded in the form of ochre and clay paintings, by trekking to the Ancient Aboriginal art sites at Quincan Rock Art Reserve. Experience the unique wildlife including kangaroo's and the unusual Dugongs that make their homes in the sheltered seagrass beds along the coast. Walk in an underground lava tube at "Undara", Australia's largest and most extensive Lava tubes formed 190,000 years ago by the now extinct "Undaro Volcano". For a more thrilling adventure there's always riding motorcycles along the old stock routes. With all this untamed natural beauty in abundance this unique area offers an ideal escape from the pressures of city-life.


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