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Cape York Peninsula. Queensland


Cape York - Far North Queensland
From Cooktown to the tip of Australia’s Cape York and the Torres Strait islands, is some of the most spectacular and rugged country in Australia and one of the world's last real rainforest wilderness frontiers.

The area is an unexplored wilderness with thousands of species of tropical birds, beautiful waterfalls, crocodiles and some of the most adventurous fishing you will find anywhere in the world.

This area is accessible by 4wd vehicle over rugged dirt roads that cross several rivers. Safari tours can be arranged from Cairns and take about 10-14 days for a round trip with visits to Thursday Island off the tip of Cape York a must. The recommended time for travelling is during the dry season (April - October) as the rivers swell during the wet season, often closing roads.

Average Climate for Cape York Region
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Min C 24 24 24 23 21 20 19 19 20 21 23 24
Max C 32 31 32 32 32 31 30 32 33 35 35 33
Rain mm 421 401 338 82 6 2 1 1 1 14 98 256

(all photo's courtesy of Tourism Queensland)

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Torres Strait Islands
100 islands of the tip of Cape York, with native indigenous people.
Quinkan Country
is one of the most important aboriginal sites in Australia
Lakefield NP
Fish for Barra or watch the wonderful wildlife in this wilderness National Park.
Twin Falls & Elliot Falls
Swim the emerals green waters. Camping permits are required
Visit historic Jardine Homestead and Aboriginal paintings
Merluna Station
Stay in a working cattle station and get a feel for country life
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Things to do in The Cape York
4 wheel driving, fishing, bush walking, camping, animal & bird watching, tours, aboriginal art.

Other places to visit in region
Weipa, Lake Jardine National Park, Thursday Island, Laura, Cooktown

Best times of year to visit Cape York
April - October

What's on in Cape York
Laura Dance & Cultural Festival - June
Coming of Light Festival - July

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