For self-drive travelers, Cape York can be enjoyed during any of the months from May to December inclusive, depending on your tolerance for crowds (a matter of individual perception) and high temperatures (again depends on what you’re used to, but it gets very muggy before the December rains). Most travelers are in the area from June to August, to coincide with the cooler temperatures and school holidays. This may appeal to those who enjoy sharing a yarn with fellow travellers, and those who are worried about getting stranded along the way- you will find the more remote the area, the more likely people are to help others in trouble. People wanting to experience the vast tracts of wilderness without bumping into other travellers can do so in the later months of the year from September- December.
April and May are great times to be on the Cape due to the greenness, the great fishing, and the freshly graded roads; however it is touch and go whether the roads will be open at this time, and some years they remain closed until June due to late monsoonal weather. The Wet Season (usually January to April) brings much needed moisture, and the savannah landscapes transform into lush green grasslands and floral displays. The Wet is a great time to see Cape York’s vegetation at its most vibrant, with waterfalls and waterways in full flow and incredible fishing conditions. Unfortunately, the wet conditions force the unsealed roads to be closed, to prevent people being stranded, and to stop people damaging the roads and making them harder to repair for the next year. For people wanting to see the Cape at its greenest, and when the fish are most active, there are a number of fly-drive options available; the Western Cape, The Tip and Iron Range, all remain open for fly-in visitors- see the flight schedule on pg 8, and directory on pg 94 for hire car companies. Seaswift also has a cargo vessel which takes passengers and vehicles, allowing you to reach Seisia and the Tip area year round, and providing drive/cruise or cruise/drive options for people wanting to drive one way only. For the latest road condition updates check the ‘road conditions’ via the link on the front page of this web site.