Discover the vast region of Cape York Peninsula by taking one of the many journeys through its outer reaches
Cape York is one of Australia’s last great wilderness areas, often referred to as the ‘final frontier’. Its maze of unsealed roads, and many ‘hidden treasures’, make it a dream destination for 4WD enthusiasts and those with a sense of adventure. The unique and spectacular landscapes not only provide refuge for some of Australia’s most diverse animal and plant communities; they are the scene for an inspiring pioneering history, and enduring Aboriginal and Islander cultures.
More sections of road are being sealed on the Cape each year, and there are a number of journeys which can be enjoyed in 2WD.
Getting away from it all and exploring the 1000’s of km of unsealed roads on the Cape, all with their own unique landscapes, waterways, and landmarks, is what draws most visitors to the region. All roads north of Laura and Cooktown (HopevaleOK) are 4WD recommended. Yes, there are times of the year when you can drive the Peninsula Development road, and community access roads, without needing 4WD; however, if it rains you can quickly become stuck, and possibly stranded for a lengthy period. Without a 4WD you will be very restricted in where you can go.
For those of you who wish to get off the beaten path, and discover some of the hidden treasures of Cape York’s less accessible places, you won’t be disappointed. For these Adventure 4WD journeys you should have off-road 4WD experience, as rough/steep/boggy terrain and deep creek crossings can be expected. These journeys require a high clearance 4WD, extensive repair/emergency kit, a winch and recovery gear, and must have radio/satellite communications. GPS navigation is recommended. Tourism Cape York recommends Adventure 4WD journeys are undertaken by two or more vehicles travelling together. Check road conditions as some journeys may remain inaccessible well after the wet season or be subject to unseasonal local flooding.