Cape York has it all, rainforest, outback, ancient culture and more.

The varied, rugged landscapes, endless miles of dusty roads and dynamic scenery of Cape York take most visitors by surprise.

From the cattle stations to the white sands, blue waters and Torres Strait Islands off the coast, you will experience the most untouched attractions of nature’s theme park.

While heading toward the tip of Australia you while drive through a small town called Laura.

Some of the world’s most extensive and ancient rock painting galleries surround this tiny town.

Meet the locals

Home to Aboriginal and Islander communities there are many opportunities to gain a fascinating insight into indigenous Australian culture through tours and cultural centres.

The locals have a unique, country character about them. They are friendly with a wealth of local knowledge and stories to tell.

All-terrain or 4WD vehicles are best to explore the rugged terrain as many of the roads are unsealed or dirt.

(Apart from the Mulligan Highway from Mareeba to Cooktown and from the Mulligan Highway from Mareeba to Cooktown.

Depending where you are, accommodation options vary from camping grounds and caravan parks to historic hotels, motels and lodges – even working cattle stations!


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The Weather

North Queensland is rejuvenated by 80% of its annual rainfall between December and March.

Some roads become impassable and rivers spread so far they join with others to form vast inland seas.

Cape York communities are still accessible by air and sea, but road networks can be unreliable in the green season.

By contrast in the dry season from April to November lagoons and swamps begin to dry up.

Rivers stop flowing and the parched plains and open woodland become postcard perfect Australian outback landscapes.