Cape York Peninsula

Cape York peninsula is full of things to see and do.

It is mostly known for its fun four wheel drives and the northernmost point of the mainland Australia, but there is more.

There are some great national parks, interesting towns, cooling swimming holes and waterfalls, famous Aboriginal art, the multicultural Torres Strait Islands, and some birds and animals found nowhere else than here and Papua New Guinea.

In the end of the page are the most popular activities, and things that can be dangerous.

Cape York Peninsula Information

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Cape York Towns
The only real Cape York towns are Weipa and Cooktown. Others are just small townships such as Bamaga, Seisia, Coen, Laura and Lakeland. Just south of the peninsula are Cairns, Mareeba, Mossman and Port Douglas.

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Cape York Attractions
The best attractions are its waterfalls, the Old Telegraph Track and the northernmost point of Australia. But there are also some unique plants and animals and some excellent Aboriginal Art; and off the Tip are Torres Strait Islands.

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Cape York National Parks
There are also some great national parks.
Daintree and Iron Range have tropical rainforest; Mungkan Kaanju and Lakefield protect dry open woodlands, Cape Melville is coastal and great for fishing, Mt Cook and Cedar Bay for serious bushwalking.

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There is so much to do if you like spending time outdoors and in the nature. There is some great camping, fishing, bushwalking, four wheel driving. Off the coast is the Great Barrier Reef with some excellent snorkelling and diving.

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Dangerous Things
There are also some dangerous animals on the Cape York peninsula, some snakes and spiders; and there are crocodiles in the rivers and jellyfish on the ocean beaches. Other things that can be dangerous include tropical cyclones, bushfires, and remoteness.


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A little off the most beaten track, but you can still get some of these into your annual leave length of a trip (you can get most if you have all the details to plan right):

Old Coach Road

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Frenchman's Track

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CREB Track

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Falls Track

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Starcke Wakooka Track

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Bathurst Head

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Running Creek Track

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Silver Plains

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Old Coen Track

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Stones Crossing

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Skardon River

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Jardine River Ford

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Ussher Point

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Sadd Point

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Mutee Head and Jardine Mouth

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Escape River

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Beaches Loop Track

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Roko Island Pearl Farm

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Friday Island Pearl Farm

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