Cape York Trip Activities

There are some great activities to enjoy on your Cape York trip.

And as you would know and expect - all are outdoors.

The best, and of course by far the most usual way to do it is a bush camping trip, which means you can spend a lot of time in the nature.

The most popular activities are of course fishing and four wheel driving, but there are other popular things to do.

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Four Wheel Driving
One of the most popular activities, and the one that brings a lot of people here, is the fun four wheel driving. The Old Telegraph Track, Frenchmans Road, CREB Track, Running Creek Track and the Old Coen Track are some examples of the fun tracks (Full info is in the Destination Guide).

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Fishing on Your Cape York Trip
The second most popular is fishing, also mud crabbing. There is some big fish up here, and plenty of great fishing spots. The whole family can try, there is nothing too hard in catching fish. Just make sure you are legal - all size and possession limits are in the
Destination Guide.

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Bush Camping
Another really popular activity is bush camping. There are some commercial camping grounds, there are some Aboriginal land camping grounds, there are national park camping grounds, and there is free bush camping. All, including the all the FREE ones are in the Destination Guide.

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In our hot climate, you will be looking for places to cool yourself down. Beaches are not good places to swim, because of the crocodiles, and forget about rivers. But there are some fantastic swimming holes, in the rainforests, waterfalls, and freshwater creeks. All are in the
Destination Guide.


Snorkelling and Diving
While you are up here, you really should visit the Great Barrier Reef. It is closest to the mainland the furthest north, and while there are no tours in the waters of the peninsula itself, there are plenty in Cairns and Port Douglas. All the operators, prices and details are in the
Destination Guide.

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Wildlife Watching
Cape York is known for bird and animal species that you can see nowhere else in Australia, but instead in Papua New Guinea. Many people come up here and want to see
cuscus, green tree pythons, palm cockatoos. The hotspots for all these and all other species are in Destination Guide.

bush walking

It first seems like there are not many bushwalks in Cape York. And it's probably true that we have less of them than many other parts of Australia. But there are some nice ones, even some long ones, and most of them are in the south eastern parts of the peninsula.


Fossicking on Your Cape York Trip
Cape York was one of Australia's largest mining areas in its old gold rush days, and now here are many places to go looking for a piece of gold or other precious metals, however fossicking for gemstones is better just south of the penisula.

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Metal Detecting
Good places to go looking for metals are river and creek beds. When looking for metals, you increase your chances if you use a metal detector. Keep to the rules though - there are also places where metal detecting is prohibited.

OKA 4WD Photos

Below you have some Oka 4WD photos.

On one of my trips along the OTT I met Paul, Glenn, Greg, Lex and Carina from Melbourne.

Paul and Glenn had Oka four wheel drives, below are some photos.
   oka old telegraph trackDriving along the Old Telegraph Track.
   oka scrubby creekPaul doing a creek crossing.
   oka nolans brook
Glenn tackling a creek crossing.

    oka 4wdPaul doing the Gunshot crossing.
   oka gunshot creek crossingGlenn doing the Gunshot creek crossing.
   oka paul and glennAt the Bypass Roads intersection.
    oka glenn mollyMolly the dog at the Bypass Roads Crossroad.
    oka paul Paul at Twin Falls.
    oka canal creek crossingGlenn at Canal Creek Crossing.
    oka mistake creekPaul at Mistake Creek.
    oka cypress creekGlenn doing Cypress Creek in Oka 4WD.
    oka cannibal creekPaul at Cannibal Creek crossing.
    oka logans creekGlenn is doing Logans Creek.
    oka logans crossingPulling through my old Jackaroo.
    oka jardine riverPaul going to pull a stuck vehicle out of Jardine River Ford.
   oka glenn North of Jardine River Ferry Crossing.
   oka cape yorkPaul and Glenn at Seisia Wharf.

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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 vehicle-recovery-guy partner). Not to mention locals' tips on how to spot that croc and palm cockatoo ;-)

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