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Cape York Adventure

4WD to Cape York

4WD adventures to Cape York start usually start Cairns. If you are hiring a vehicle most people fly into Cairns and pick up their vehicle. Stock up locally before you start your adventure. Cairns airport is about 10 minutes’ drive to the centre of Cairns or an hour to Port Douglas.

There are more 4WD options than anywhere else in Australia. With 1200 km of roads connecting Cairns to Cape York. You will need at least 7 days to drive, visiting Cooktown, the Lockhart River, remote campsites and vast cattle stations. Swim in crystal-clear waters at Jardine National Park or visit the extensive wetlands of the Rinurru (Lakefield) National Park.

Two-wheel vehicles can travel inland to Cooktown via the Mulligan Highway which is sealed. To go further north you require a 4WD vehicle. You can self-drive or join a tour and sit back and enjoy the food, company, and knowledge of the guides.

The school holidays are busier but there is plenty of room for everyone. Approximately 60000 people visit the Tip of Australia each year.

Camp at the most northern campsite in Australia at Punsand Bay where you can look out over the Torres Strait Islands, watch the sunset from the Coral Sea and set over the Arafura.

Preparation for your trip to Cape York: Extra suppliers like fuel and water are a must. Some basic vehicle maintenance knowledge and at least one spare tyre is good. There is help around, but how far away?

Always take notice of the crocodile signs and only swim where it is known to be safe, such as Twin Falls in Jardine National Park. You do need to be alert for both freshwater and saltwater crocs. Don’t hang around the edges of rivers and creeks. If you do see a croc just stay well away.

The best time to visit Cape York is June through to October. Other times of the year roads may be closed due to flooding.

Regional Attractions

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Cairns Day Trips

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Surrounded by the world’s oldest living tropical rainforest, the colorful village of Kuranda is known as the Village in the Rainforest. Just 25km northwest of Cairns.

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Great Barrier Reef

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Atherton Tablelands

Located just south of Cairns, the cooler-climate of the Atherton Tablelands has variety of landscapes and attractions – waterfalls, national parks and coffee plantations. Markets, food and wine.

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Torres Strait

The ultimate self-drive location – Cape York. You will find more 4WDs here than anywhere else in the country. A 1200km strip of road connects Cairns with Cape York allow at least 7 days to take the drive.

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