this page is some practical Cape York info for your trip.
They are the kinds of things
don't think about in the early planning stages, but comes to the later
planning stages, or if not - right before your trip:
EFPTOS facilities or do I need to bring cash?
there enough fuel stations or do
I have to carry jerry cans?
anywhere to buy food
I stock everything up?
what about the bottle
There are enough fuel stations that on
most roads you should not have to carry jerry
cans with a proper 4WD vehicle's fuel tank(s). There is a
fuel stations and the distances between them all in the Destination
is always smart to carry a bit of cash on a Cape York trip, since all
the places don't necessarily have EFPTOS facilities. There is a map of
all the places with EFPTOS facilities in the Destination
with explanations in which ones, and how, you get the cash out.
Groceries and Bottle Shops
All the shops, grocery
and bottle shops
hours and contact details are listed in the Destination
They are not everywhere, but you
always know your closest one and when they are open. It's
stocking up some, but consider the alcohol restrictions.
You Need to Know
restrictions are in place in indigenous communities. All the bans and
and where do they
are outlined in the Destination
Penalties are very heavy - up to 18 months in jail, $75,000
fine, and instant vehicle confiscation.
Cape York is a quarantine area, to protect the rest of Australia from
any animal diseases
or plant parasites to come in here from Torres Strait
areas north of it. They need to stay here or they can spread to the
rest of the country. Read about what that means to you on your trip.
Other Info You May Want
Your Dog/s to Cape York
you are a dog owner, many people ask about info to bing your pets to
your trip to Cape York, and wonder what are the disadvantages and
restrictions. The main rule is that dogs are not allowed in national
parks. They are allowed on some roads through some national parks -
details are now in the Destination Guide, along with camp grounds that
Your Caravan to Cape York
caravan owners ask about bringing their vans, and while Cape York
definitely did not use to be a caravan destination, more and more
people now bring theirs. You have to bear in mind the main road north
is not sealed - your van will
get shaken, and it will
take some damage. If you don't want any damage, free storage places are
in the Destination Guide.
finally, if you are from overseas you might wonder about the local
time. Cape York is obviously part of the Australian state of
is the capital of Queensland, so we use Brisbane time, which is 10
hours ahead of the Greenwich time in London. Click on the link above
(page coming soon) to
see the current Brisbane time ticking.
quarantine laws are strict in Cape York and elsewhere.
been able to
avoid a lot of diseases, pests and weeds thanks to its strict
But it is not only about taking things into Australia.
Being such a large country, there needs to be protection within
there are state
as well. Western
Australia particularly is very strict about taking any fruits
or vegies into
In Cape York, things are the other way around - you are not allowed to
take certain fruits out
of the area. This is
because Cape York is so close to Torres Strait Islands as well as our
northern neighbours Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Cape York acts as a
buffer zone between Torres
Strait and the rest of Australia.
a fair few fruit
deseases north of us, and some of it gets
into Cape York.
But they need to stop here
because they could destroy Australian
agriculture, if taken south from Cape York.
drove up to Cape York, you remember the Quarantine Information Centre
just north of Coen.
You did not need to stop there on your way up, but on your way down you do.
I know they are not open every time of the year seven days a week, but
even if they were closed you are meant to stop, get the current info
(it may change over the time), and leave
the prohibited fruits (most likely any mangoes and bananas) in the bins
are from the rest of
Australia and ignore this, you
are helping to bring the trouble into YOUR OWN back yard.
If you enter Cape York
from the Torres Strait, you are not allowed to take in:
* fresh fruits and vegies
* live plants and plant parts
* live animals and animal products
* meat and meat products
* poultry products
* dairy goods
P.S. Oh, and with the
information kit bags at the Coen Quarantine Centre, you do get a few FREE Cape York stickers
travels in Cape York you have to remember alcohol restrictions.
place in most
in Cape York.
There are two types of them.
much you are allowed to carry can be limited
to an amount
of alcohol, or possession of alcohol can be totally banned in a
If it is limited, the limits apply per vehicle no matter how
many people are in there. However,
what most people
don't think about is that the alcohol
restrictions also apply
outside the communities themselves, where you are fully
responsible for carrying alchohol in your vehicle.
And - you don't want to
risk to get penalised! Alcohol restrictions are a law
up here and by not obeying this law you can face instant vehicle
confiscation, fines up to $75,000 and inprisonment for up to 18 months!
Full details about every place,
with maps about where the restrictions apply, are
in the Destination
Yarrabah is south of Cairns,
and possession of alcohol is limited
to one carton of light or midstrength
beer and one bottle of wine.
Wujal is south
of Cooktown, and possession of alcohol is banned, with
is north of Cooktown, and possession of
alcohol is limited
carton of light or midstrength
beer, and one bottle of wine.
near Iron Range national park, and possession of alcohol is banned with a bona fide traveller
Aurukun is south of Weipa,
and possession of alcohol is banned
is NO bona fide
is south of Weipa, and possession of alcohol is banned with NO bona fidetraveller exemption.
north of Weipa
and possession of alcohol is limited
to 2 litres of wine and 3 cartons of light to midstrength beer.
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