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Explore the Australian Off-Road Paradise of Cape York Peninsula

by Benjamin Kerns

Feb 23, 2020

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The Cape York Peninsula is Australia’s northernmost tip and an off-road paradise, practically requiring four-wheeled drive to explore. It boasts an incredible mix of monsoon wet seasons, boiling summer skies and rugged rainforest that have stood for 180 million years.

 

“Queenland’s final frontier” is as off the grid as it gets in Australia and is perfect for anyone dreaming of a smartphone-free destination. When renting a car to travel here, be sure you come prepared. The roads are lined with the remains of ill-prepared vehicles that succumbed to the treacherous terrain — bring along extra tires, gas and enough water to stay hydrated for days. Most visitors opt to split between two cars in case one goes down.

 

Cape York isn’t entirely devoid of life. Small cattle ranches and settlement are littered throughout, and the mining town of Weipa on the Gulf of Carpentaria is a great place to explore and restock. Like any other part of Australia, the wildlife here seems like it’s out to kill you. The peninsula is chock full of mosquitos and sandflies, but the real threat is the crocodiles. Nearly every body of water has them, except for the beautiful swimming hole of Fruit Bat Falls.

 

Once you reach the very tip of Australia, you’ll have to clamber over rocks for a good 20 minutes in order to see the actual top. The incredible seaside views are more than worth the effort. Food and booze are in rare supply in the region, so pack accordingly. Just be mindful of the booze bans, or you’ll be in for a hefty fine.

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