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Cape York


Cape York Peninsula, the Gulf Savannah and the Torres Strait Islands of Australia, are wilderness frontier regions waiting to be discovered by todays adventure travellers, four-wheel drive enthusiasts and people who love fishing, camping, boating, birdwatching or just relaxing in the great Aussie outback.

Surrounded on three sides by water - the Coral Sea to the east, Torres Strait at the tip and the Gulf of Carpentaria on the west - the overall land mass of the peninsula is approx. 150,000 square kilometres; the Great Barrier Reef runs the entire length of the East Coast of Cape York.

The Great Dividing Range rises at the Tip and follows the east coast all the way south. Warm moist air is trapped by the range and provides good rainfall creating tropical rainforests along the coast. The east coast has many palm fringed beaches with thick mangrove swamps at all the river mouths, coral outcrops and small islands follow the coast. The south-east trade winds blow relentlessly along the coast throughout the Dry Season, then swing to the east-north-east creating calm conditions and plentiful rain during the monsoon season, November - April.

The seemingly undeveloped land of Cape York will surprise and delight. The dusty tracks contrast dramatically with the abundant rivers, crystal clear creeks and spectacular waterfalls. This is a vast area of unexplored wilderness, magnificent national parks, sacred Aboriginal sites, unexplored rainforest, rugged mountains and swampy marshlands. This is a land of climatic extremes where the creeks run dry or ten feet high.

If you love bushwalking, four-wheel driving, wildlife, fishing, birdwatching or camping then Cape York is the place for you. The Cape York region is one of the largest wilderness areas in the world that remains relatively untouched, maintaining its original beauty and diversity. You'll be amazed by the 40,000 year old tradition and culture of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders - Australia's Indigenous people. See the unique wildlife including kangaroos and the unusual dugongs. With all this untamed beauty the area offers an escape from the manmade pressures of the city.

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