Cape York is Australia's northernmost tip. One of the remotest parts of Australia, it is only 100km south of Papua New Guinea, across the Torres Strait. There are only two ways to explore this area, take a professional 4WD tour and there are many available, or travel independently in your own 4WD. The later is only suitable for experienced and well organized remote area adventurers, as this trip is not for the fainthearted. There are nearly 1000km of unsealed road to reach Cape York and it could take up to 14 days return trip.
Archer River famous for it’s ‘Archerburgers’. From here you can head north-west to Weipa or north to the Cape.
Some of the unique activities to participate in here are pearl farming, Aboriginal Corroborees, barramundi fishing and black boar hunting. (4031 3988).
Edward River Aboriginal Mission
If you are into crocs this crocodile farm will fascinate you (4060 4177).
Laura has provisions available and a camp site. Nearby are the Quinkin aboriginal rock paintings, of which the Split Rock Gallery is best known. Musgrave is the home of The Telegraph Station here was opened on 23rd December 1886 and operated until 1928, providing communications for all the stations located through the area up to the tip of Cape York.
Heading north towards the Cape, you will come to Moreton, another former telegraph station where there is some accommodation and a camp site. The road then continues to Heathlands, and on to Jardine River, where there is a ferry crossing, and Bamaga.
Punsand Bay , much closer to the cape, also has accommodation and a camping ground, a seasonal ferry service to Thursday Island and trips to the cape.
Seisia is six kilometres north-west of Bamaga and was founded in 1948 by a small group of people from Saibai Island. There is a ferry to Thursday Island, and Seisia is only 32 kilometres from the tip of Cape York. Loyalty Beach is three kilometres north-east of Seisia.
Thursday Island is the most northerly easily accessible point in Australia. It lies in the Torres Strait which separates Australia from Papua New Guinea and it is approximately 30 kilometres north-west of the tip of Cape York.
Weipa is a modern bauxite mining town operated by a company known as Comalco and it has a population of 3,000. It is the only place of this size on Cape York. Tours of the mine are available.