a long time, Restoration Island was a mystery.
that you see on many documentaries in Europe.
With Dave, the only
inhabitant, who survives on coconuts and who knows what.
And with the
island never been named on a map, not even the HEMA ones, you picture
this having to be somewhere very remote.
In fact, Restoration
Island is almost
swimming distance from the mainland, and Dave is
everything you did not
picture him to be!
Instead of the loner you get the impression of, he
has several people on the island at any time -
friends and boats calling in all the time.
It is a beautiful island,
... with lovely beaches, rocky headlands,
... and frangipani trees.
There are a few walking
tracks through scrub and heath,
... some of which take you up
the hills and some granite boulders,
... to some beautiful
views over the surroundings of the Restoration Island.
And behind the island is the Restoration
There is also some interesting
... with captain William Bligh having
named the island after he and his (17 still loyal) crew
felt 'restored' (after eating some oysters and fruits) after they
landed on the island on 28 May 1789, after a long trip from Tonga
in their 18 foot boat, following a mutiny aboard HMS Bounty on 28 April
they sailed on to
Timor, an incredible 4000 nautical miles with the only navigational aid
being a small compass.
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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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
My full time project of 2020-21 is to improve every single page on this website with more information and more, better photos. With almost 300 pages and so many photos to go through, it is very time consuming work, but it is gradually happening, right now :-)
This is the ORIGINAL Cape York Travel Guide run Locally on the Peninsula.