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Cape York Peninsula

Region

The Tip of Australia, the northernmost point of Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula, is the iconic feather in the cap adventurers need to claim before they can truly say they have explored Australia’s four corners.

Our journey really begins at a location that sounds more like a movie set than a tour.  You step out of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest onto a pristine beach.  While you hear the calls of tropical birds from the dense rainforest behind, the clear and warm waters lap your toes.

Not far out to sea is the seventh Wonder of the World, the Great Barrier Reef. Welcome to Far North Queensland’s Daintree region - the only place on earth where two World Heritage-listed areas meet. Home to the most species of plants and animals in Australia, here you can see where two of the world’s most complex ecosystems exist side by side.

From sun-bleached grasses and paperbark woodlands to riverine rainforest and lily-covered lagoons, Cape York’s national parks hide a myriad of flora and fauna. Lakefield National Park is a birdwatcher’s paradise, home to prolific species such as the Jabiru. While the exquisite expanse of Jardine River National Park is home to the traditional lands of the Injinoo Aboriginal people.

Situated on the shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria, Weipa is home to the largest community on the Cape York Peninsula. Nearby, Bramwell Station, Australia’s northern most cattle station, is a popular social centre and a great stopover.

Stop off for a day’s exclusive exploration of the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve – Queensland’s first ever ‘strategic environmental area’. A fitting tribute to Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, this private wetland conservation property in the Wenlock River Basin is not open to the general public. But thanks to our unique partnership with Australia Zoo, APT guests can join an expert ranger to explore the significance of this habitat to endangered native species.


Legendary pathways at the heart of Cape York tell stories of Australia’s rich pioneering heritage. Conquer challenging creek crossings and sand beds as you retrace sections of the Old Telegraph Track, and travel along the Bloomfield Track connecting Cooktown and Cape Tribulation.

Tackle the Old Telegraph Track to Fruit Bat Falls for a refreshing swim in its glassy waters. Traverse the Jardine River to Bamaga on the idyllic banks of Mosby Creek. From here, the tip of the Cape York Peninsula is within walking distance. To reach the tip of Australia is a bucket list item for many. Revel in this once-in-a-lifetime moment and be sure to capture this experience with a photo at the iconic signpost.

A cruise across Endeavour Strait to Thursday Island rewards you with its vast cultural and historical riches. One of around 100 islands that make up the Torres Strait group, it boasts a wealth of Indigenous culture and fascinating pearling history. Neighbouring Horn Island speaks of an ancient history and rich culture.

Wherever the rugged and remote 4WD tracks of the Cape York Peninsula take you, nature is the star. Few places in the world can match the beauty and wonder of this region.

When to go

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Signature Invitations

APT’s Signature Invitations have been carefully designed to offer that something extra. With these once-in-a-lifetime moments, you’ll experience the best the Outback has to offer.

Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve

Enjoy exclusive access to this private wetland, otherwise off-limits to the general public. Led by a ranger from Australia Zoo, enjoy this once-in-lifetime discovery of Queensland's most environmentally significant area.

Mossman Gorge

At Mossman Gorge, enjoy the Dreamtime Gorge Walk through the rainforest with a local guide. Learn about bushtucker and the art of ochre painting.

Daintree Cruise

Cruise through the Daintree Rainforest. See a plethora of wildlife inhabiting this beautiful mangrove estuary. Spot estuarine crocodiles, birds and butterflies.

Hinchinbrook Island Cruise

Discover one of Australia's most beautiful tropical wildereness areas from the comfort of a glass bottom boat.

Old Telegraph Track

Enjoy an adventurous day of travelling on some of the original sections of the Old Telegraph Track.

Tip of Cape York

For many Australians, to reach the northernmost tip of mainland Australia is to realise a long-held dream. Travel along the iconic Bloomfield Track and the Old Telegraph Track on your way to Cape York.

Hotels, Lodges & Resorts

Experience supreme luxury on your 4WD Outback Adventure stay at the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas.

Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort

This world-famous resort is a slice of tropical north Queensland paradise. Stay in Superior Lagoon View guest rooms, surrounded by seemingly endless sparkling saltwater lagoons.

Stay at the spectacular Shangri La Hotel during your Queensland 4WD Outback Adventure.

Shangri-La Hotel The Marina, Cairns

Experience the lush comfort of this five-star resort set in the heart of tropical Cairns, where luxurious rooms and ocean views await. Stand on your balcony and watch the sunlight shimmer off yachts docked at the marina.

Enjoy Sunset Drinks on your 4WD Holiday.

Cape York, Punsand Bay

Relax in comfortable beachfront accommodation overlooking the golden beaches and turquoise waters of the Arafura Sea and Torres Strait Islands. Witness sweeping views northwards to the tip of Australia.

Ambient Dining

Savour Sumptuous Cuisine on your 4WD Holiday.

Special Dining Experiences

We understand that food is an important part of any holiday. That’s why no matter where in the Outback you travel with us, you’ll enjoy unique and special dining experiences specific to the region you are visiting.

From sunset drinks to picnics and special Welcome and Farewell dinners, with APT, superb dining is all part of the experience.


Delight in a delicious Al Fresco Meal on your 4WD Adventure.

Welcome Dinner Port Douglas

Start your Cape York adventure with a delightful Welcome Dinner at the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort. Dine under the stars at Il Pescatore speciality restaurant, where fresh local produce and European cooking techniques combine to produce a truly memorable evening.


Enjoy Sunset Drinks on your 4WD Holiday.

Sunset Drink on the Beach

At the end of a glorious day of exploring, unwind and watch the sun set over Gulf of Carpentaria as you enjoy fresh local prawns with a glass of wine.


Tour Director & Driver

Accompanied by both a dedicated Tour Director and Driver, there will be twice the expertise on offer, ensuring you a Cape York experience like no other. They understand extraordinary travel experiences - and what they have to do to make them happen.

At your service! Travel to Cape York with APT and you will accompanied by both a Driver and a Tour Director.

Our talented bunch of guides are passionate about the quality of the experience they deliver, and strive to give you as much insight into the region as possible.

Every last member of our team is determined to make sure your experience of this stunning part of Australia is unforgettable.