are some great activities to enjoy on your Cape York trip.
And as you would know and expect - all
The best, and of course by far the most usual way to
it is a bush camping trip, which means you can spend a lot of time in
The most popular activities are of course fishing and four wheel
driving, but there are other popular things to do.
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).
on Your Cape York Trip
second most popular is fishing, also mud
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
hotspots for all these and all other species are in Destination
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.
on Your Cape York Trip
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.
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
rules though - there are also places where metal detecting is
have some Oka 4WD photos.
On one of
my trips along the
I met Paul,
Glenn, Greg, Lex and Carina from
and Glenn had Oka four
wheel drives, below are some photos.
along the Old
doing a creek
doing the Gunshot
Glenn doing the
Gunshot creek crossing. At
the Bypass Roads
the dog at the
Bypass Roads Crossroad. Paul at
at Canal Creek
Crossing. Paul at
doing Cypress Creek in Oka 4WD.
at Cannibal Creek
Glenn is doing
going to pull a
stuck vehicle out of Jardine
of Jardine River Ferry
and Glenn at Seisia Wharf.
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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