are a few different options for accommodation in Cape York.
Cape York peninsula covers an area almost the size of Victoria
- one of the
states in Australia with countless towns and accommodation options -
while on the Cape
York peninsula there are only a handful of towns.
is possible to travel the Cape and stay only in hotels and resorts, but
it cuts down your options to experience the wilderness of this remote
It is best to do like most Aussies and travel the
Cape camping, and rely on other
accommodation as little
Larger towns such as
Cairns, Port Douglas
have a variety of
and similar places.
There is a huge variety of places in Cairns - from luxury
hotels and holiday apartments, to resorts, bed and breakfasts, motels,
and a good choice of backpacker hostels and caravan parks.
is also a lot of good accommodation on Cairns Northern Beaches. Palm
Cove has the most choice, Trinity
Beach is the second, and then Yorkeys Knob, Clifton Beach, and Kewarra
Douglas has probably an even better variety than Cairns when you
consider its smaller size. But most is luxury and expensive, and budget
options are harder to find.
also has quite a few places nowadays, and as opposed to Port Douglas,
many are very affordable, like old country hotels and budget camping in
Medium and Small Towns
and small sized towns such asMossman, Cooktown, Chillagoe,
Weipa and Bamaga
still have quite a few choices.
Like Mareeba, Mossman still is a country town, more of a farming town
than a tourism mecca and like Mareeba it has affordable accommodation
in the old historical country pubs.
is smaller and less commercialised, but there is still a good choice of
accommodation, including a few resorts and motels, a few hotels (pubs),
guesthouse, and four caravan parks.
is also a smaller
place, but there are still a fair few places to stay: two old country
hotels, a motel and tourist village, a guesthouse and an eco lodge with
a camping ground.
is more expensive and has less choice. There is at least one resort (in
Nanum) and one hotel (Albatross in Trunding). So far there is still
only one camping ground (in Nanum).
does not have camping grounds (there are some in the neighbouring
communities). But it
four star resort - with a swimming pool, a licensed bar and an onsite
places with no township or community only have a
lonely roadhouse and these are fun places.
Roadhouse is north of Mt Carbine
and it is a
great place to stay. There
is a nice beer garden, a restaurant and a licenced bar, and you can
stay in on-site tents or camp on camping grounds.
Roadhouse is a nice and
friendly place north of
and Laura. There
is a large camping ground, and behind the camping
ground is a nice waterhole. There is a resident emu
and a few peacocks
to give you company :-)
is a historical roadhouse north of Hann River. There is cabin
accommodation as well as a large camping ground. There is also a kiosk
where you can buy bread and milk, meals and a cold
beer, and even takeaway food.
is quite a lively roadhouse north of Coen.
There is a great restaurant
and a licensed bar, which gets quite crowded night time. Behind the bar
and the restaurant
is a large camping ground as well as overnight units.
Farmstays, Cattle Stations and
Some privately owned
farms and cattle stations also offer stays - most
often camping but sometimes also cabin style.
than anything -
there is also some great FREE
camping - all the spots are listed in detail
photos here are a few
examples on some lovely
FREE camping :-)
Freshwater spots are great for a dip, while saltwater ones are great
for fishing and croc spotting.
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