Cape York, QLD: Destination Guide

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Getting there is certainly half the fun with a trip to the remote and surprising town of Cape York.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Cape York or find and book accommodation in Cape York today.

About Cape York

Located at the tip of the Cape York Peninsula in Tropical North Queensland, Cape York is the northern most point on mainland Australia. While the town itself is fascinating and enchanting, it’s the drive through the Peninsula to the Tip that makes this one for every Australian’s bucket list.

Things to do in Cape York

If you enjoy fishing, then Cape York is sure to please you. Join one of the many fishing tours in operation, or get out of your comfort zone by taking part in an adrenaline pumping croc spot tour. Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight overhead, get involved with some impressive bird watching, and experience the humbling ancient Aboriginal history in the region. And of course you can’t visit Cape York without visiting the Tip – Australia’s most northern point.

Attractions in Cape York

The Old Telegraph Track

The trek from Cairns to Cape York is a 4WDers dream, and takes you past the interesting towns of Laura, Cape Melville, Lakefield and Cooktown. The old telegraph track in particular is an interesting excursion, as it follows the original telegraph line through the Peninsula, which was for a long time the only route through the Peninsula. The track may take a little more time than the road, but the scenery more than makes up for it.

Heritage Museum and Art Gallery

Ferry across to the Torres Strait Islands and visit the fascinating Heritage Museum and Art Gallery, which uncovers the areas interesting WWII history. While you’re on the islands, it’s also well worth visiting the Gab Titui Cultural Centre to learn about the culture and history of the Torres Strait Islands.

Getting to Cape York

Cape York is at the northern most tip of Queensland, about 1000km from Cairns.

By car

The drive from Cairns to Point Cook with take around 24 hours via State Route 81.

By air

Direct flights operate between Cairns and Cape York, requiring about an hour and forty minutes.

When to visit Cape York

If you don’t have school-aged children, it is a good idea to avoid the school holidays as the roads become pretty chaotic and the campsites crowded. The best time to visit through is between May and September, which is the dry season.

Where to stay in Cape York

There is no shortage of campsites across the cape peninsula, many of which are in National Parks. For more accommodation options in and around Cape York, click here.