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Imagine an undeveloped tropical wilderness as big as the State of Victoria, that has fewer than 15,000 residents. The great tapering Cape York Peninsula thrusts into Torres Strait, enclosing the vast brown mudflats of the Gulf of Carpentaria. To the east the fragmented coral ramparts of the wondrous Great Barrier Reef offer an ever-changing kaleidoscope of vivid colour.

Cape York Peninsula: Cape York History, Cape York Geography, Cape York Climate, Flora & Fauna, Self-Drive Trips, Travelling Routes, Camping Permits, Local Communities, Lakefield National Park, Iron Range National Park, Jardine River National Park, Frank Jardine, Pioneer, Historic Cooktown and Thursday Island.

Cape York History

By |2020-11-20T13:43:35+13:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: Cape York Peninsula|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For 60,000 years aboriginal tribal groups have roamed the broad savannah and pristine coastal regions of Cape York Peninsula.

Camping Permits

By |2020-11-20T13:30:26+13:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: Cape York Peninsula|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

To camp at Lakefield, Iron Range or Jardine River national parks you need to obtain access permits from the ranger stations.

Cape York Climate

By |2020-11-20T13:30:37+13:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: Cape York Peninsula|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Cooktown at the base of the peninsula has an average daily maximum temperature that ranges from 25°C in June to 32°C in February.

Cape York Geography

By |2020-11-20T13:43:27+13:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: Cape York Peninsula|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The prominent, wedge-shaped Cape York Peninsula, thrusts up towards New Guinea. It was the last region of Australia to be developed.

Flora & Fauna

By |2020-11-20T13:34:25+13:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: Cape York Peninsula|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Flora and Fauna the most spectacular examples are the dense rainforests of the Jardine River and Iron Range national parks.

Frank Jardine, Pioneer

By |2020-11-20T13:25:38+13:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: Cape York Peninsula|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

1860’s Cape York was a wild, trackless expanse of rock, scrub & impenetrable rainforest, government saw the need for an outpost supply station

Historic Cooktown

By |2020-11-20T13:25:40+13:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: Cape York Peninsula|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Settlement of Cooktown is nestled on the banks of the Endeavour River, at precisely the spot where Captain James Cook came ashore in 1770.

Cape York Peninsula

By |2020-11-20T13:25:28+13:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: Cape York Peninsula|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The great tapering Cape York Peninsula thrusts into Torres Strait, enclosing the vast brown mudflats of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Iron Range National Park

By |2020-11-20T13:30:55+13:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: Cape York Peninsula|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Access to the Iron Range Park is via a branch road north of Archer River, running east for 155km to the Lockhart River & Portland Roads.

Jardine River National Park

By |2020-11-20T13:39:42+13:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: Cape York Peninsula|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Close to the remote northern tip of Cape York Peninsula lies a boundless wilderness of tall rainforest straight out of Jurassic Park.

Lakefield National Park

By |2020-11-20T13:31:17+13:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: Cape York Peninsula|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Cape’s most accessible wilderness reserve has enough variety and interest in its 50,000 sq.km of savannah and fertile riverine flats.

Local Communities

By |2020-11-20T13:52:57+13:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: Cape York Peninsula|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The relative isolation of the Cape York Peninsula does not mean that they lack facilities and interesting attractions for adventurous travel.

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