Standing at The Tip of Australia is the ultimate 4 wheel drive adventure. Especially if you’ve just tackled the Epic Cape York drive on the legendary Old Telegraph Track. Is it worth the dust and bumpy roads? Absolutely!
Here’s ten things you really must do:
1. Watch and wait for a crocodile to cruise across a lagoon in Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park while you sit safely in a tinny (that’s a small boat for those unfamiliar with Aussie slang) flicking lures for barramundi.
2. Check out the near impossibility of driving the vertical drop at Gunshot Creek before finding the chicken track (4WD-speak for an easier way) and get cheered by onlookers as you make it out the other side.
3. Discover the few remnant poles of the telegraph line that snakes through Cape York which gives the famous Telegraph Track its name.
4. Compare your height to the magnetic termite mounds reaching for the sky while you pull out a compass to make sure these insects know north from south.
5. Wash off the dust in the broad span of Fruit Bat Falls then pitch your tent at Canal Creek to luxuriate in a natural rock pool spa.
6. Get up close to the carnivore of the plant world. Nature’s fly trap, the pitcher plants, are plentiful around waterfalls.
7. Defrost the leg of lamb and create an awesome campfire dinner by the beach or cheat and grab a wood-fired pizza at Punsand Bay, 5km west of the Cape York tip.
8. Hug the east coast on a drive from Somerset exploring deserted beaches fringed by pandanus palms.
9. Catch a boat to the Torres Strait islands to check out the World War II memorabilia and pearling history.
10. Watch the Coral and the Arafura Seas swirling as they meet against a backdrop of deserted islands. Don’t forget to get photographic evidence that you have made it to The Tip!
For more information on an epic Cape York adventure visit Drive North Queensland.
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