My name is Katrin
- a common
spelling in Europe, but not so common in Australia - so Kat is my short,
Aussie version, if that is easier for you to remember :-)
I started this website in
I had been getting around the peninsula (and
still am - by now I have spent almost
10 years doing every
single track .. and then doing them all again!) - I love it so much
that I thought I may as
well share my
I am originally from northern Europe (Estonia and Sweden to
cut the story short), and I always thought our climate
was way too cold, so I did a lot of
travelling, and finally settled
in the warm and friendly Australia about 17 years ago.
After a first few years in Sydney (and doing the Big Lap around
Australia), I moved to far north
Queensland - where the climate is even warmer, the people are even
and there is even more wilderness and remoteness, which I love!
Me and my
partner Mark live at the Tip of Cape York peninsula (I
previously also lived in Cooktown),
only about 35km from the
famous sign, and in the midst of a paradise
for boating, quading and
four wheel driving :-)
He is the vehicle recovery guy in northern Cape York, and I love joining him to all his
trips to the Old Telegraph Track (which mostly
happen during the peak of the Dry Season).
During the late Dry, the tracks for this website are done; and
during the Build-up and the Wet Season, I am mostly in the
office, working on the website and updating the books (and
of course I still do that as much as there is time between the trips
during the Dry Season as well).
2016 We now also have two puppies who love the drives, and they are
with us on most of our adventures (UPDATE 2017 travelling with them has
lead to a detailed
Doggie Booklet which is now a supplement of the Destination Guide
and maintaining this website as well as the Destination
full time occupation.
It means I take the time
to do proper, mostly first hand research, to keep the book and the
Planning trips was always
so I enjoy every minute of it, and I do my best to help you to plan
this 50 pages
guide totally for FREE.
contains information that helps you getting started with planning of your trip.
You get to make early-stages desicions such as when to go, how long time you
should take, how to get
there and get
to stay (general info), what
will it cost..
and a short insight to what is there to see and do in Cape York.
This complete 300 pages
travel guide is all you need before and during your trip. Besides the
background chapters on the peninsula's history and wildlife; and the comprehensive detail about all
the places (down to prices, opening hours and full contact
detail), it has invaluable information on at least 10 four wheel drive tracks,
at least 30 guaranteed FREE
camping spots on the Cape (and at least 150 on your way to
the Cape), at least 40 best
swimming holes, all mapped; as well as practical things -
from fuel, roads, wireless internet and mobile phone reception,
how to deal with the national
parks booking rules; and Aboriginal land entrance and camping permits
and alcohol restrictions - to vehicle preparation and accessories and necessary recovery
gear by my partner
Mark who is the recovery guy on northern Cape York and the Old
Not to mention locals'
tips on how to spot that croc and palm cockatoo ;-)
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This site uses British
English, which is the English we use in
best efforts have been made to ensure that all the information on this
website is correct, this site is not to be blamed should there be a
As of Winter - Spring 2018 this site is getting upgraded, and the domain name changed from the original www.cape-york-australia.com to the new www.capeyorkaustralia.com While this is happening, you will find some things under construction, and some photos blurrier than normal, as their new dimensions affect their quality (until they get changed). They need changing one by one - with hundreds of pages it will take some time before the whole site looks good again, but I am gradually working on it as quick as I can.
At the same time the inbox is also getting done, which means that there can be a few temporary faults (some of the email might temporarily not come through) - if you get an (incorrect) error message saying the inbox is full, please go to the Contact Us page and fill the form as that comes through better. I am working on getting it all back to the usual - and meanwhile really sorry for the inconvenience!