Cape York Australia Trip Planner

An Insider Guide to Help You to Plan Your Trip to One of Australia's Last Frontiers

This Cape York Australia Travel Guide is based on real experiences written by a local - not a tourism organisation or a travel agency (we live on the peninsula and are out here, on the tracks, not in an office in Cairns or Brisbane :-)

It means I don't only write about places - I have made this website to help you with planning your own great adventure trip.

   4wd tracks
    Driving with views - Old Coach Road. 

It also means I don't only cover the obvious tourism attractions, but also the locals' spots that you don't hear about elsewhere.


I cover the most popular activities such as fishing, bush camping, driving the Old Telegraph Track .. and not only that, I tell you about the best spots and tracks where to fish, camp and four wheel drive.

   great fishing
    Fishing in Mapoon, north of Weipa.

I also tell you about the history, geology and wildlife of the region, and where you can see the unique plants, birds and animals that the peninsula only shares with Papua New Guinea - and not the rest of Australia.

   dangerous animals
    A deadly saltwater crocodile, near Crab Island.

You will also find the practical information about planning your trip, what things are good to know and what can be dangerous.

   big birds
    Brolgas, Jardine River.

It is like going for a trip with a local. Ready for a quick look?

Cairns is south of the peninsula, but because any traveller to the peninsula is most likely to spend some time in Cairns, I have covered the city.


   impressive geology
   The beautiful cliff face nicknamed "Queensland's Uluru".

* Inland from Cairns are
Kuranda, Mareeba, Dimbulah, the historical Hodgkinson River Goldfields, Almaden, Chillagoe, and the Burke Developmental Road that takes you to Karumba and Normanton in another beautiful area - the Gulf Savannah.

* Along the coastal way north of Cairns is Cook Highway with Cairns northern beaches, Port Douglas, Mossman, Daintree and Cape Tribulation, and after that the unsealed Bloomfield Road to Cooktown, and further north Lakefield, Starcke, Cape Melville and Bathurst Head.

  four wheel driving
   Driving the Starcke Wakooka Track to Cape Melville.

* And along the inland way north - Mulligan Highway and the Peninsula Developmental Road aka PDR - are the historical mining towns Mt Molloy and Mt Carbine, the famous Palmer River Goldfields, and then Lakeland, Laura and Musgrave.

* Further north, on the central peninsula, are Princess Charlotte Bay, Coen, Oyala Thumotang National Park (former Mungkan Kaanju), Archer River, Iron Range National Park and Weipa.

   northernmost point of australia
    Northernmost point of mainland Australia (behind are just two small islands).

* And furthest north are the Northern Peninsula Area and Tip of Cape York - the northernmost point of mainland Australia.

* Off the coast are the beautiful Torres Strait Islands, amongst some very blue waters on a sunny day.

   torres strait islands
    Horn Island, Torres Strait.

But these are only some of the most obvious places.


There are countless great beaches, islands, waterfalls, swimming holes, and camping spots that most people don't know about
:-)

   peninsula swimming holes
    Fruit Bat Falls - a great swimming hole (not a secret).

And here are some of the best gems reminding you that the Old Telegraph Track is far from the only fun on the peninsula :-) (and you find them all on the Site Map of this website).

          Old Coach Road           Frenchmans Track           CREB Track

old coach road    frenchmans track    creb track

              Falls Track           Starcke Wakooka Track      Bathurst Head

falls track    starcke wakooka track    bathurst head

      Running Creek Track            Silver Plains            Old Coen Track

running creek track     silver plains     old coen road

           Pennefather                Stones Crossing            Skardon River

pennefather     stones crossing     skardon river

       Jardine River Ford            Ussher Point                   Sadd Point

jardine river ford     ussher point    sadd point


      Mutee Head and Jardine Mouth   Newcastle Bay Area   Five Beaches

mutee head     escape river    beaches loop road

(NB! If you want to mention this website to your friends, and don't like reading out "cape dash york dash australia dot com, you can also refer to it as www.capeyorkwebsite.com - it redirects from that domain, so your friends can find it :-)





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This complete 300 pages travel guide is all you need before and during your trip. Besides the background chapters on the peninsula's history and wildlife; and the comprehensive detail about all the places (down to prices, opening hours and full contact detail), it has invaluable information on at least 10 four wheel drive tracks, at least 30 guaranteed FREE camping spots on the Cape (and at least 150 on your way to the Cape), at least 40 best swimming holes, all mapped; as well as practical things - from fuel, roads, wireless internet and mobile phone reception, how to deal with the national parks booking rules; and Aboriginal land entrance and camping permits and alcohol restrictions - to vehicle preparation and accessories and necessary recovery gear by my partner Mark who is the recovery guy on northern Cape York and the Old Telegraph Track). Not to mention locals' tips on how to spot that croc and palm cockatoo ;-)



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